EU maintains tough line on air quality derogations

The European Commission kept up its tough stance against further delays in meeting EU air quality standards on Friday, as it rejected 92 out of 97 requests for extended deadlines in various zones in Bulgaria, Poland and the UK.

Almost all the requests relate to limits on concentrations of particulate matter (PM10) that should have been met in 2005. The commission approved the extension of PM10 limits in five zones in Poland until 2011, but all other requests were rejected.

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