The EU's industrial pollution inventory Eper is to be substantially expanded from 2009 under proposals for a European pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). Tabled by the European Commission on Friday, the plan will bring EU practice into line with a pan-European PRTR protocol agreed in 2003 (EED 31/01/03).
When it was launched in February, Eper was greeted as a landmark in public provision of environmental information in the EU. On Friday, the European Commission said the database had been a "huge success", with over 100,000 visitors in its first three months. It issued a report reviewing in detail how well Eper has worked in its first phase.
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