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GOVT BACKS EURO CLEAN AIR 'AUTO OILS' PROGRAMME

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Strong support for proposed European Commission standards on road transport and fuel emissions was given yesterday ...
Strong support for proposed European Commission standards on road transport and fuel emissions was given yesterday by the government.

Scottish environment minister Lord Lindsay told the environment council at Luxembourg:

'This proposed strategy, the Auto Oils programme, is essential to achieving acceptable air quality in the UK and across the EU. The government strongly supports it, and the proposal for future emissions standards and fuel quality. We endorse the commission's rigorous and balanced approach, based on sound science.

'The UK considers standards for 2000 and further measures in 2005 are vital. The present proposal is an excellent first step in this overall strategy and the commission has our full support for a demanding review in 1998 to develop a sound basis for additional improvements in 1998.'

Lord Lindsay went on to support new controls for genetically modified micro-organisms. He also argued that the commission's proposed revision to the Drinking Water Directive should be based on sound science, benefits for consumers, the likely costs of achieving them and the priorities for the use of inevitably scarce resources - with the aim of achieving the proper balance between costs and benefits.
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