Pressure mounts to ease VOC controls on small firms

The European Commission is coming under strong pressure to ease the burden on small businesses of a forthcoming legislative proposal on emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Solvent producers claim that 10% of sites in the EC account for 70% of VOC emissions, and say that controls on smaller sites would not be cost-effective. But there are worries that widespread exemption of small users could stall the drive towards the development of low-solvent or solvent-free technologies.

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