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EU wants urgent clarity on scrubbers

The EU demands clear guidelines on discharge of washwater from scrubbers, amid fears that the byproduct could cause irreparable environmental damage.

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The rules for water discharged by scrubbers need to be clarified as soon as possible, says the EU, which has now entered the debate on scrubber technology and its environmental impacts.

In a new document issued to the IMO ahead of the next MEPC meeting, EU countries stress the need for clear regulations around where and how ships can discharge wash water from scubbers.

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