The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to adopt the Industrial Emissions Directive, after agreeing a compromise position that will give power plants extra time to comply with stricter levels for air pollution.

After two-and a-half years of debate, the directive finally updates and merges seven pieces of existing legislation, including the Large Combustion Plant directive and the 1996 Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) directive, which sets the rules for around 52,000 industrial and agricultural

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