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Amended proposal for a Council directive relating to limit values for sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter and lead. COM (98) 386 final, 8 July 1998

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*** * * * * * * *** COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 08.07.1998 COM(I998) 386 final 97/0266 (SYN) Amended proposal for a COUNCIL DIRECTIVE relating to limit values for sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter and lead (presented by the Commission pursuant to Article 189 a (2) of the EC-Treaty) EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM I) On 8 October 1997 the Commission adopted a proposal for daughter legislation under Directive 96/62/EC on ambient air quality assessment and management. This Proposal for a Directive will set limit values for SOz, NOx (oxides of nitrogen) particulate matter and lead, based on new World Health Organisation air quality guidelines. These were adopted by WHO in 1996 following a co-operative programme of work with the Commission. The new limit values will replace existing limit values under Directives 80/779/EEC, 82/884/EEC and 85/203/EEC. The proposed limit values for SOz and lead to protect human health are to be met by 2005. The proposed limit values for NOz (nitrogen dioxide only) to protect human health are to be met by 2010. For particulate matter there are two sets of proposed limit values for PMJO (particulate matter less than I 0 microns in diameter), both to protect human health. A first set is to be met in 2005 and a second more stringent set is to be met in 2010. The Proposal also sets annual and winter limit values for SOz designed to protect ecosystems, and an annual limit value for oxides of nitrogen (N<\:) designed to protect both natural vegetation and crops. The attainment dates for these limit values are 2 years after entry into force of the proposed legislation. The Proposal sets an alert threshold for SOz only. Member States must take active steps to inform the public if it is exceeded. They should also take any short-term measures which would reduce risk to public health and/or the duration of an episode. A key part of the Proposal for a Directive is a set of provisions re

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