EU Confronts Five Countries Over Air Pollution Limits

Law360, New York (October 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission took action against five European Union member states on Wednesday over harmful levels of air pollution, which could cause environmental damage and health risks.

The commission said that France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and the United Kingdom had exceeded EU limits on ambient concentrations of sulfur dioxide, an air pollution usually generated from industrial smokestacks.

Sulfur dioxide has been known to cause respiratory problems and aggravate cardiovascular disease. It is also one of several pollutants found in acid rain, which causes damage to ecosystems,...
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