Most EU states do not back Dutch proposals for early changes to the bloc's integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive, it has emerged. In particular, the Netherlands wants scope for emissions trading of two key power industry pollutants, the acid gases sulphur and nitrogen oxides (SOx and NOx).
On Monday the Dutch environment ministry hosted a conference capping a three-year European project on new approaches to industrial pollution control. In preparation, expert workshops had examined in detail the potential for emission trading, other IPPC implementation issues and the role of environmental management systems (EED 29/04/04).
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