EU to tighten pollution laws to clean up air and water

The European Union will tighten regulations on air pollution, waste and use of chemicals to protect public health and address key causes of biodiversity loss, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

The plan to tackle pollution, published on Wednesday, sets out targets for 2030, on the way towards reducing air, water and soil pollution to levels no longer considered harmful to health and nature by 2050.

"One of the big lessons we have learned from the COVID crisis is the close connection between human health and the health of the planet. At the moment, neither is doing well," EU Environment Commissioner Virginius Sinkevicius said.

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