22 Feb '12, 4pm

Air pollutant emission limits exceeded in twelve EU Member States

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 ). These pollutants can cause respiratory problems, contribute to the acidification of soil and surface water, and damage vegetation. The ceilings set in the NEC directive were designed to reduce such adverse impacts by an agreed amount.

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/air-pollutant-emissio...