Delay looms for implementation of hazardous waste rules

The implementation of the 1991 EC Directive on hazardous waste is set to be deferred for 12 months because of difficulties in compiling a common EC list of "hazardous" wastes. But the UK may now press for the Directive to be withdrawn completely under the subsidiarity doctrine.

The Directive is a framework measure, laying down in broad terms how hazardous wastes should be handled and disposed of and planning and record-keeping requirements. It replaced a 1978 Directive, and was due to be brought into force by Member States by 12 December 1993.

However, an essential pre-condition of the Directive's implementation has not been met. This is a requirement that a common Community list of wastes to be treated as "haza

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