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EU countries voted for tighter pollutant emissions limits for large-scale combustion facilities, a move environmental groups said would prevent thousands of premature deaths.

The tighter limits were resisted by a group of eight mainly Eastern Europe and former communist EU members that rely on coal for electricity. Their opposition, however, was not enough to prevent a regulatory committee of EU national representatives from approving the limits, which now can be formally adopted by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm. The regulatory committee approved the limits 28 April.

The new limits will apply four years after the formal decision approving them and will cover a range of substances, including ammonia, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, fine particles and heavy metals.

By Stephen Gardner. Read the article in full at Bloomberg BNA.

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