No change as waste sites come under major hazard rules

A legal dispute between the Government and the European Commission has ended with the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) being forced to issue proposals to bring waste disposal sites within the scope of legislation on major accident hazards.1 But the affair now appears to have been so much hot air because it appears that no disposal facilities will qualify as "top tier" sites under the legislation.

The background to the dispute was explained in April (ENDS Report 219, p 27 ). In essence, the British legislation which implemented the 1982 EC "Seveso" Directive on major accident hazards exempted any site which had a waste disposal licence. But in doing this the Government went further than allowed under the Di

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