2015-3

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Use the Air-o-Meter!

In June, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) launched its new Air-o-Meter on-line tool, which gives citizens an opportunity to compare different sets of National Emission Ceilings (NEC) that are currently being discussed by the EU co-legislators for 2020, 2025, and 2030. The results displayed in the Air-o-Meter stem from the expected impact of reducing emissions of the five pollutants covered in the revision of the NEC Directive. For each policy scenario, impacts on health, economy and environment can be visualized, either for a specific member state or for the entire EU.
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BREF for large combustion plants

The decision-making process under the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive defines best available techniques (BAT) in BREF documents which are to be used by member states to set binding emission limit values for toxic emissions, such as sulphur dioxide (SO₂), nitrogen oxides (NOx), mercury and particulate matter (PM2.5).
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Weaker machinery pollution rules

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted on 15 September to grant temporary exemptions from more stringent emission limit values proposed by the European Commission last year for mobile cranes, engines for inland waterway vessels, and machines. The new law aims to cut air pollution from non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), including tractors, lawn mowers and bulldozers. These account for about 15 per cent of all NOx and five per cent of PM emissions in the EU.
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Just one in 10 new diesel cars is as clean as the legal limit

Every major car manufacturer is selling diesel cars that fail to meet EU air pollution limits on the road in Europe, according to data obtained by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E). On average, new EU diesel cars produce emissions about five times higher than the allowed limit. The results are compiled in the new report “Don’t breathe here”, in which T&E analyses the reasons for and solutions to air pollution caused by diesel machines and cars.
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Belgium, Bulgaria and Sweden must act to reduce PM levels

In June, the European Commission referred Belgium and Bulgaria to the EU Court of Justice over persistently high levels of particulate matter (PM10). EU legislation has set limit values for PM10 since 2005. In case of exceedance of such limit values, member states shall adopt air quality plans and ensure that such plans set appropriate measures so that the exceedance period can be kept as short as possible.
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New ozone standards in the US

On 1 October, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set a new national ambient air quality standard of 70 parts per billion (ppb) for ground-level ozone, down from the current level of 75 ppb set in 2008.
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Air pollution costs France €100 billion per year

The effects of air pollution cost France some €100 billion each year, according to a French Senate committee report. The study said air pollution is not merely a health threat, but also represents “an economic aberration” that costs the French state and businesses billions annually in treating illness, and financing employee sick leave, lost productivity, reduced agriculture yields and cleaning up sooty buildings and other venues.
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Updated European pollutant release data

Detailed industrial pollution data covering around 32,000 facilities across Europe are now available for 2013. The dataset covers 91 substances released to water, land, wastewater and air. The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) is a comprehensive online register with information on releases and transfers of pollutants from industrial installations in 32 European countries. The new dataset also includes updates of 2007–2012 data from some countries.
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Ships need PM emissions control

New research suggests improved regulations and particle filtration devices should be introduced to limit the amount of particulate matter (PM) released from vessels. Residents in port cities and coastal areas are especially affected by the emissions from ships’ engines. A team of researchers from Germany’s University of Rostock and the Helmholtz Virtual Institute of Complex Molecular Systems in Environmental Health (HICE) exposed human lung cells to marine diesel fuel and heavy fuel oil emissions, and negative impacts were found for both types of fuel.
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Research recommends ban on ship scrubber discharge

EU countries should ban wastewater discharge generated by scrubbers to limit ships’ environmental impact, a study for the German environmental protection agency UBA has recommended. Limiting the discharge generated by scrubbers is the best way to prevent potential damage, such as the release of pollutants, increased acidity and increased temperature and turbidity, the researchers said.
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