German cabinet agrees air quality measures

A series of anti-air pollution measures were proposed by the German government on Wednesday. They include plans to tighten air quality limits for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, fine particles, lead, benzene and carbon monoxide in line with EU air quality daughter directives agreed in 1999 and 2000 (ED14/12/00). Other elements would strengthen public rights to intervene in air pollution licensing and legal actions. Stricter industrial emission standards and motor fuel criteria are also included. Parliamentary approval of the proposals is expected by the summer. See press release.

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