Brussels extends scope of forthcoming VOC controls

The list of industries facing control under a forthcoming EC Directive on emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has been extended in the latest draft proposal prepared by the European Commission. The new text also contains substantial changes to earlier provisions dealing with solvent management plans and emission limits. But there are fears that it could stifle the development of low-solvent coatings because businesses would be able to use these only for a short period before being forced to install VOC abatement equipment.

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