Ministers agree air pollution rules, but row again on climate change

New rules on hazardous waste incineration and emissions from petrol stations and vans were agreed at the EC Environment Council on 28-29 June. But the meeting brought little progress on measures to control ozone depleting chemicals, climate change and packaging waste.

Probably the most contentious issue at the Council was once again the European Commission's proposed carbon/energy tax and the links which some Member States are making between this and the EC's ratification of the UN Convention on Climate Change, agreed at last summer's Earth Summit.

The UK appeared to have dashed all hopes of an agreement on a Community carbon/energy tax in May when it announced fundamental objections to t

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