EU Court Dismisses Challenge To Sea Pollution Laws

The European Union is entitled to set tougher standards and criminal penalties on sea pollution than measures included in international conventions, the EU's highest court said on Tuesday. The European Court of Justice dismissed a challenge to the 27-nation bloc's marine pollution laws by an international coalition of ship operators. Shipping interests, including tanker owners group Intertanko, had argued that the EU directive on ship-source pollution contravened two sets of international maritime laws.