DEFRA pushes its luck again on large combustion plant

The Environment Department (DEFRA) has belatedly submitted proposals for a "hybrid" implementation of the 2001 EU Directive on large combustion plant - but faces an uphill struggle in convincing the European Commission that it is not bending the rules. The UK is also sticking to a controversial definition of "combustion plant" which would allow unabated coal-fired power stations to run at a high load factor beyond 2008.

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