High dioxin emissions measured at crematoria

Some of the highest emissions of dioxins and furans measured in the UK have been detected at two crematoria during tests carried out by Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL).1 The study has also suggested that existing crematoria may have grave difficulties in meeting tighter emission standards due to be phased in over the next five years.

WSL's study was commissioned by the Department of the Environment (DoE) shortly after emission controls for crematoria were introduced under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Enforced by local authorities, the rules require all existing crematoria to be upgraded to emission standards set for new plant by April 1998. About 240 crematoria are currently operating in Britain, and all but 15% are run by local authorities.

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