Month: October 1999
Gore promises to end offshore oil drilling if elected President
US Vice President Al Gore has promised that as President, his “profoundly moral obligation" to work for progress toward a cleaner environment will include putting an end to all new oil drilling in federal waters off the shores of California and Florida.
EPA denies WTO forced changes to US Clean Air Act
Carol Browner, administrator for the US EPA, has told environmentalists at a meeting at Seattle Town Hall that no air pollution standard has changed as a result of World Trade Organisation intervention. Defending the Clinton administration upcoming stricter standards for sports utility vehicles, Browner told the pre-WTO meeting of trade officials and environmentalists that “I will never, ever change an air-pollution standard which I set."
EUROPE: air pollution falls significantly since 1990
In Europe, sulphur emissions have halved since 1980, nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) are down 16% on their 1990 levels, emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are 20% lower than in 1990, and ammonia emissions have dropped 18% since 1990, says a new report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Nitrates Directive: Commission takes further legal action against France
The European Commission has decided to make an application to the European Court of Justice against France for non-respect of the European Union Nitrates Directive. The Commission considers that France has failed to identify nitrate-polluted or threatened waters or eutrophic waters (on which vulnerable zones are based) in accordance with the criteria set down in the Directive.
WOOD PRESERVATIVES – Commission approves stricter national environment protection laws
The European Commission has adopted 5 decisions authorising the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Denmark to maintain their national laws on the marketing and use of wood preservatives creosote and pentachlorophenol (PCP), even though these laws are more restrictive than required by the Directive on marketing of dangerous substances and preparations.
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