EC waives air quality rules for Netherlands

8th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Netherlands will have till 2015 to meet European Union standards on air quality, says the European Commission.

THE NETHERLANDS – The European Commission has agreed that the Netherlands will not have to meet European Union standards on air quality until 2015, reports NOS.

The EC agreed to temporarily waive the environmental rules after The Hague argued that the high costs of complying with the regulations would mean putting projects would alleviate the country's serious traffic jams on hold.

The levels of fine particulate matter in some parts of the Netherlands are extremely high and are far above the level permitted by EU regulations.

The particles can result in health problems such as asthma and lung cancer. Some fine particulate matter originates from neighbouring countries. However, the Netherlands 'exports' three times as much.

If the Netherlands is obliged to meet these standards, the government will have to postpone a wide range of construction projects.

Dutch Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer said she is sure the Netherlands will be able to comply with the regulations by 2015.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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