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Environmental Governance in EuropeAn Ever Closer Ecological Union?$
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Albert Weale, Geoffrey Pridham, Michelle Cini, Dimitrios Konstadakopulos, Martin Porter, and Brendan Flynn

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257478.001.0001

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Air Pollution Control and Multi-Level Governance

Air Pollution Control and Multi-Level Governance

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(p.384) 11 Air Pollution Control and Multi-Level Governance
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Environmental Governance in Europe
Author(s):

Albert Weale

Geoffrey Pridham

Michelle Cini

Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

Martin Porter

Brendan Flynn

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257478.003.0015

Control of air pollution has been a long-standing objective of governments. Traditional air pollution, in the form of smoke and particulates, is highly visible, typically local, and usually severely damaging or at least costly. Although a source of economic and human loss, the smoking chimney has always been an ambiguous symbol. Precisely because it is too visible, the traditional smoking chimney carries connotations of prosperity as well as damage. Much of this complex symbolism is carried over into modern air pollution problems. Today a major effect of fixed production points concerns not local urban environments but national and international environments. As such, it cannot be said that the problems of air pollution are a thing of the past when it remains to be an ongoing issue. This chapter examines the European Union directives for large combustion plants and car exhaust emissions.

Keywords:   European Union, air pollution control, environmental governance, large combustion plants, directives, car exhaust emissions

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