UK loses EC dispute over hazard rules for incinerators

The Government has backed down in a confrontation with the European Commission over the application of EC rules on major accident hazards to ReChem International's hazardous waste incinerator in Pontypool. Its decision to bring British legislation into line with the EC requirements was slipped out in a parliamentary answer by Environment Minister David Maclean at the end of April.1

The outcome of the dispute will have implications for all hazardous waste disposal sites where quantities of hazardous substances in excess of those prescribed in the 1982 EC "Seveso" Directive on major accident hazards are handled. Operators of such installations must submit a formal safety report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prepare on- and off-site emergency plans, and inform the local population about the measures to take in a

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