Poland must reduce PM10 levels

According to the Commission, the latest figures from Poland show that the maximum daily limit for fine dust particles (PM10) – that should have been achieved since 2005 – is being exceeded in 36 zones, while the yearly limit is exceeded in 12 zones. In Poland, PM10 originate mostly in emissions from coal used for domestic heating, transport and by industry. Under EU law, member states are obliged to take all the necessary measures to improve air quality, and to make this information available in the form of air quality plans. The reasoned opinion issued by the Commission gives Poland two months to respond. Failure to act within the prescribed period may result in the Commission taking the matter to the EU Court of Justice.

Source: European Commission press release, MEMO/15/4489, 26 February 2015

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