New animal incinerator controls add to BSE cull costs

Companies planning to burn culled cattle for the Government had to return to the drawing board in June when the Environment Agency announced new controls on incinerator emissions. The decision has added further delays and costs to the cull, and came amid stalemate in negotiations to burn material in power stations. Ministers may now be tempted to consider landfill disposal following a BSE risk assessment by the Agency which concludes that all disposal routes for cattle remains pose "negligible" risk.

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