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Agency report on ICI dioxins points to solid waste headache

The Environment Agency may order ICI to retrieve and destroy huge quantities of dioxin-contaminated wastes from chlorine chemicals manufacture which have been deposited in brine caverns near its Runcorn works in Cheshire. A new report from the Agency suggests that future production of dioxin-laden wastes - an embarrassment to the chlorine industry in its efforts to fight off attacks by Greenpeace - will be greatly reduced by new incinerators on the site. The Agency argues that the resulting increase in dioxin emissions to air will be outweighed by other environmental benefits, and clears ICI of accusations that it has contaminated local soils with dioxins.1

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