EU states lose more ground on air pollutant caps

Latest EEA data shows sixteen member states now likely to exceed national emission ceilings in 2010

Sixteen EU countries are likely to exceed national limits on emissions of at least one of four key air pollutants set for 2010, according to data published by the European environment agency (EEA) on Monday.

The agency's analysis is based on figures reported by member states under the 2001 national emission ceilings (NEC) directive. The reports included final data for 2005, preliminary data for 2006 and projected emissions in 2010 for the four pollutants covered by the directive: nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and ammonia (NH3).

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