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New UK Government Backs Away From EU Rules On Coal Power Stations

Pilita Clark, Financial Times

The UK has joined Poland and a small group of other EU countries lobbying to delay tougher pollution rules for coal power stations ahead of discussions in Brussels on Thursday.

Along with her counterparts from Poland, Greece, Finland and the Czech Republic, Ms Coffey believes more time should be given to a “comprehensive consideration” of the “significant” impact of new limits to be set under the EU’s main industry pollution law, the Industrial Emissions Directive.

The letter, written in September, suggested the Commission set up a “technical working group” to do more assessment of the rules before EU countries decide on them in a vote due early next year.

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