EU agrees strict limits on sulphur belching ships

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Tough new sulphur limits for shipping fuel will be phased in across EU waters as part of European Union efforts to free the air of toxic chemicals that shorten thousands of lives.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Tough new sulphur limits for shipping fuel will be phased in across EU waters as part of European Union efforts to free the air of toxic chemicals that shorten thousands of lives.

EU environment ministers backed the rules on Monday, in a final stage of the process before official publication of the law.

From 2015, the maximum sulphur content of shipping fuels will be cut by 90 percent to 0.1 percent in restricted Sulphur Emission Control Areas, which include some of Europe's busiest waters, versus 1 percent of mass now.

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