EU sues UK over coal power plant emissions

The European Commission is taking the UK to Court for failing to reduce emissions at one of its power stations. It said the Aberthaw coal-fired power plant in Wales exceeded […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The European Commission is taking the UK to Court for failing to reduce emissions at one of its power stations.

It said the Aberthaw coal-fired power plant in Wales exceeded the limits of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NOx).

Under EU rules, member states had until 1st January 2008 to reduce emissions of a number of pollutants from power plants.

The Aberthaw power station currently operates under a permit which sets a NOx emission limit of 1,200mg per normal cubic metre (Nm3) – more than twice the 500mg/Nm3 limit set out by the Commission.

It said in a statement: “The Commission welcomes more recent indications from the UK authorities that investments will be made to upgrade the plant but at present the plant continues to operate under a permit which allows it to emit high levels of the toxic gas NOx. The Commission is therefore referring this case to Court.”

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) added it would “continue to work with the European Commission”.