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Environmental brief ~ European Commission proposes air quality regulations

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, the European Commission [official website] will introduce [press release] a package of measures aimed at improving air quality. In July, the Commission shelved its initial air quality plans, which were criticized as being too costly. The plans [Clean Air for Europe website] have been amended, and are expected to be less expensive to implement. Reuters has more.

In other environmental law news...

  • Motiva Enterprises [corporate website] has agreed to settle [EPA press release] a civil lawsuit filed by state and federal regulators following an explosion at a Delaware oil refinery in 2001. Motiva will pay a $12 million civil penalty, $4 million for environmental projects, and $170,000 to reimburse the state and federal government for response costs. The civil penalty for the spill of sulfuric acid is the largest ever in Delaware. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

  • The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [official website] seeks comments [notice text] on a proposed standard for the handling, care, treatment, and transportation of domestic ferrets. Comments can be made here until November 18, 2005.

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