Europe rejects UK plan to defer air pollution limits for large plants

The UK’s first attempt to defer compliance with pollution limits for large combustion plants has failed due to inconsistent data.

The European Commission has decided not to accept the UK government’s submission to defer compliance with the large combustion plant directive’s pollution limits. It finds the UK has presented incomplete and inconsistent data.

Large combustion plant in UK. Credit: Jon MCLSubmitting a transitional national plan (TNP) is one way in which older large combustion plants can defer compliance with the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) until 2020. The directive includes tough new limits on emissions of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx).

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