Air pollutant emission limits exceeded in twelve EU Member States

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Twelve Member States exceeded one or more of the emission limits set by the EU National Emission Ceilings NEC Directive , according to recent official data for 2010 reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA). In some instances the limits were exceeded by significant amounts.


"These pollutants contribute to health problems and can also lead to economic losses and environmental damage. The EEA data shows that many EU Member States missed the 2010 limits, so these countries will need to make further efforts to help reduce air pollution in Europe." EEA Executive Director Professor Jacqueline McGlade


For the first time, preliminary data recently reported to the EEA by Member States allow a comparison with the legally binding emission limits for 2010 set in the EU NEC Directive. The directive covers four main air pollutants: sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and ammonia (NH3). . 

The consequences for human health are more evident as times go by, there exist conclusions from the EEA as well as from other references.

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