UK condemned over EU solvents law

The European court of justice has condemned the UK for failing to transpose the EU's 1999 solvents directive, which puts limits on emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from industrial use of solvents (EED 04/03/99). In an open-and-shut case the UK conceded it had missed the April 2001 deadline but said the law would be on its books by the end of the year. The solvents directive has since been supplemented by a directive setting national VOC emission ceilings, while an EU law in preparation will target paint solvents. See ECJ judgement C-332/02.

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