Du Pont considers novel process in place of incinerator

The US chemical company Du Pont has abandoned plans for a hazardous waste incinerator at its Maydown plant in Londonderry to serve the whole of Ireland. The company is looking instead at a novel waste destruction technology which it believes would not give rise to any of the pollution issues associated with incineration.

Studies into the feasibility of building an incinerator at Maydown were launched by Du Pont at the end of 1990. The site already has a liquids-only incinerator, but solid hazardous waste has to be sent abroad for destruction. The company has been warned by the Government that its only non-UK outlet for this waste, in Finland, will soon be cut off because the UK has to comply with international rules obliging each developed country to dispose o

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