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ESA threatens Norway with legal measures over air pollution. UPDATED: Norway’s air pollution is so bad the Scandinavian country could find itself in court in Luxembourg following a formal complaint by the EFTA Surveillance authority (ESA). Officials claim levels breach the EU’s Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe from 2008. EEA member Norway is a signatory to this legislation. Norway’s Asthma and Allergy Association (NAAF) complained to EFTA about these in 2011. EFTA sent the Ministry of the Environment a letter of formal notice for non-compliance with the limit values for NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide), PM10 (Particulate Matter up to 10 micrometers in size) and SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) earlier this month.

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ESA threatens Norway with legal measures over air pollution

Published on Thursday, 28th November, 2013 at 07:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 28th November 2013 at 12:17.

UPDATED: Norway’s air pollution is so bad the Scandinavian country could find itself in court in Luxembourg following a formal complaint by the EFTA Surveillance authority (ESA).

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Officials claim levels breach the EU’s Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe from 2008. EEA member Norway is a signatory to this legislation.

Norway’s Asthma and Allergy Association (NAAF) complained to EFTA about these in 2011. EFTA sent the Ministry of the Environment a letter of formal notice for non-compliance with the limit values for NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide), PM10 (Particulate Matter up to 10 micrometers in size) and SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) earlier this month.

Officials point out Norway had failed “to fulfill its obligations arising from the act” in three areas. Norway:

  • Had surpassed these limit-values for these “in ambient air during the years 2008-2012 variously” in seven zones.
  • Had not complied “with the action plan obligation” in the EU Directive.
  • Is “not complying with the duty to conduct accurate measurements in areas in which measurement is mandatory” on two articles contained in it.

Ealier this year, it was found that western Norway's Stavanger was the worst when it came to health hazards from vehicle traffic. Bergen suffered a major pollution problem in 2011.

Cold weather the year before that meant the Ministry of Transport granted 12 cities in Norway the right to impose traffic bans and restrictions. Moreover, a WHO (World Health Organisation) report found pollution levels from traffic are increasing, with traffic levels in Norway's major towns and cities expected to rise in the time ahead.

And whilst the Norwegian government has pledged to spend more money on the country's transport infrastructure, including roads, ESA has given politicians two months to comply and find pollution mitigation measures if they wish to avoid legal proceedings.

“We must do what we can so we do not end up in the EFTA Court (in Luxembourg) for this. Norway must take responsibility, which the municipalities and state must do in tandem,” Environment Minister Tine Sundtoft told NRK, Wednesday.




Published on Thursday, 28th November, 2013 at 07:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 28th November 2013 at 12:17.

This post has the following tags: norwayairpollution, climatenorway.





  
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