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European Parliament Ramps Up Ozone Protections

Law360 (March 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Parliament voted Wednesday to further restrict the use of ozone-depleting substances in the European Union and to take measures to keep the substances from ending up in developing countries.

Members of Parliament reached an agreement with the EU Council to update the law requiring the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons, methyl bromide and other chemicals that have depleted the earth's protection from harmful ultraviolet radiation. The vote was 667 in favor, 13 against, and 10 abstentions.

Under the new legislation, the use of new HCFCs will...
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