States miss EU air pollution laws deadline

Target for transposing directives on national emission ceilings, large combustion plants, widely missed

The legal deadline for EU member states to transpose two major European air pollution directives into national law passed on Wednesday with just one government having met its obligations for only one of the laws.

The national emission ceilings (NECs) directive and the large combustion plants (LCPs) directive were both agreed in 2001. France has passed and notified transposing legislation for the LCPs directive, according to the European Commission. A spokesperson could not exclude the possibility that other notifications might be being processed.

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