Council loses BATNEEC test case in dispute over foundry emissions

A West Yorkshire foundry has won an appeal against a local authority's attempt to force it to reduce its particulate emissions ahead of a national upgrading deadline. Environment Secretary John Gummer has given Triplex Foundry of Keighley an extra 18 months to decide how to clean up its emissions, giving it time to assess the results of trials under way in the West Midlands with an abatement technology which is in widespread use in Germany and other countries. His decision has depressed hopes that the Environmental Protection Act 1990 would force the use of the best environmental technologies available world-wide.

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