Expanded EU pollution inventory sails through

Law establishing pollutant release and transfer register set for approval later this month

A move to greatly expand the EU's industrial pollution inventory is set for final approval this month, capping a first reading agreement reached between the council of ministers and European parliament in the summer. Reporting under the new regime will start reaching the public from 2009.

The European pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) regulation will bring EU practice into line with a UN protocol agreed in 2003 (EED 31/01/03). It will build on the bloc's existing polluting emissions register (Eper) launched last year (EED 24/02/04). A decision accompanying the regulation will ratify the UN protocol at EU level.

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