The European Union is taking steps to protect people from the harmful effects of toxic gases, including from the powerful chemicals in fracking fluids, the environment agency said in a new report.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) said the new European Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines will be used to inform all of the EEA’s chemicals regulations and policies.
In addition to the chemicals the EPA is looking at, it said new safety guidelines will also be developed, including for toxic gases.
“These guidelines will serve as a basis for all EEA chemical regulations and will help make decisions on whether to regulate chemicals as toxic,” said the report, entitled Toxic Gas: A Critical Overview of EU Environmental Law.
“The new guidelines will help improve the safety of EU chemicals.”
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“The main risk to human health is from the toxic chemicals used in shale gas extraction.””EPA will continue to strengthen the protection of human health and the environment in Europe.”
The EPA said the guidelines will not be the final word on the safety issues surrounding fracking fluids but will help set out the EGA’s position on the issue.
The EMA will also examine the use of toxic gas and other gases in the oil and gas industry, with the aim of improving the safety and effectiveness of regulations.
“To make our energy systems work and to keep people safe, the EMA’s energy and environment policies should focus on safety,” said EMA Secretary General Johannes Lippens.
“We will use our expertise and the knowledge of experts in the field to make the right decisions to make our economy more efficient, safe and sustainable.”
The new report comes after a landmark court ruling that forced Britain to accept the European Union’s toxic gas guidelines.
The decision came after British regulators rejected the company’s claim that it could safely extract shale gas using its technology.
The government is now expected to decide on the details of the shale gas industry’s new plans in coming weeks.
The ruling also forced the EAA to review its own safety guidelines.
Earlier this year, the European Commission ruled that the toxic gases emitted by fracking fluids can pose a health risk to people, and urged the European parliament to adopt tougher legislation.EU legislation currently requires the European Environment Community (EEC) to provide information to the European Parliament on the potential health and environmental risks from chemicals in gas extraction and use.