The European parliament's environment committee set the assembly on a collision course with governments on Tuesday when it voted to amend a ministerial compromise position reached last year. MEPs opted for tighter limits on fine particulate pollution and longer implementation deadlines than wanted by ministers.
The committee backed rapporteur Holger Krahmer's second-reading recommendation to impose a binding limit of 20 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) on particulates less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5), to be met by 2015. Ministers want a 25 ug/m3 limit (EED 24/10/06). The PM2.5 limit was one of the focal points of debate in the parliament's second reading (EED 13/09/07).
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