Leadsom under pressure to support EU air pollution vote

Lawyers and environmental campaigners are urging the government to back new EU rules limiting industrial pollution.

A vote on adopting revised rules for Best Available Techniques for large combustion plants (LCP BREF) is due to take place at a meeting of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Article 75 Committee, which advises the European Commission on guidance, rules and reporting under the IED.

The meeting, at the end of April, will consider new standards for LCPs powered by fuels including coal, gas, biomass and diesel. These standards are reflected in the permits of LCPs, ensuring that operators are legally obliged to meet the BREF standards, including limits on toxic pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter. 

In a letter to environment secretary Andrea Leadsom, campaigners including ClientEarth, Greenpeace, E3G and the European Environmental Bureau point out that the current standards are out of date because they fail to consider technological improvements to plants since they were established in 2006. The letter says ...

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