DoE report puts NOx abatement back on the agenda

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has released a long-awaited report on the control of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from power stations.1 The study concludes that selective catalytic reduction (SCR) could cut NOx emissions by 80% at relatively low cost, and will revive pressure on HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) to require the technology on coal-fired stations.

The report, by DNV Technica, was commissioned in 1990 and completed in 1991. Until now the DoE has refused to release it, but may have been moved to do so by the new regulations on public access to environmental information (ENDS Report 216, pp 31-32 ).

HMIP initially favoured SCR in its proposals for applyin

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