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EU Parliament passes new ship pollution rules

EU Parliament passes new ship pollution rules

The European Parliament has backed EU plans to make it a crime for ship owners and operators to pollute the sea.
The rules will make it compulsory for EU governments to introduce criminal penalties for discharging polluting substances if it is "repeated, deliberate or caused by serious negligence."
The bill, co-drafted by the legislature and EU governments, was passed by 588 to 42 votes on Tuesday. Final approval by EU governments is considered a formality.
It will replace a law that an EU court threw out in 2005 on a technicality.
The rules will seek to prevent a recurrence of oil spills off European coastlines that have had dire effects on the environment. The Prestige tanker discharged 64,000 tons of oil off northwestern Spain when it broke apart in 2002.


Updated : 2021-03-03 17:41 GMT+08:00