EU struggling to meet air pollution emission caps

Half of all EU countries expect to exceed national ceilings for at least one pollutant, says EEA

Thirteen EU states are likely to miss binding emission limits for key atmospheric pollutants in 2010 unless they take extra measures to reduce pollution.  The warning appears in a new report from the European environment agency (EEA) on member states' compliance with the 2001 national emission ceilings (NEC) directive.

The NEC directive established binding annual emission limits for sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ammonia (NH3) (EED 26/06/01), to be met by 2010.  It also required member states to report their emissions each year and project emission estimates for 2010.

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