AGREEMENT in principle has been secured at the European Union Council of Ministers over a directive that will limit noise and air pollution from recreational boats and jet skis in the EU. The proposal has been developed over concerns about the effect of motor-boats on lakes and coastal areas, "where low noise levels are a significant but scarce natural resource." A European Commission statement pointed out that 3.6 million such vessels were sold in the EU and EFTA countries in 1998. The proposal will impose duties on manufacturers and users ...

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