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  • January 6, 2022
  • EEB

EEB | Tackling Mercury Pollution of EU Waters – Why coal combustion must end by 2027 at the latest

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This briefing from the European Environmental Bureau explores the significant challenge mercury pollution poses to Europe’s waters.

The atmospheric deposition of mercury is the main reason for EU water bodies failing to achieve good chemical status. Coal combustion is the largest source of mercury to the environment. While it is legally required and technically feasible to reduce emissions, authorities have failed to implement strict emission limits, instead having delayed action, opted for the lowest commitments and even granted derogations.


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