MoD plans ammunition incinerator in Midlands

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to build an incinerator in Warwickshire to dispose of redundant explosives and ammunition. But serious questions about the emission limits and regulation of the plant remain to be settled even though the MoD wants to have it operational within 12 months.

The MoD needs to "demilitarize" between 2,000 and 5,000 tonnes of ammunition each year. Most of this is dumped at a deep sea site in the Atlantic some 400 miles off Land's End, although the MoD refuses to say exactly how much is disposed of in this way.

But from 1 January 1993 sea dumping of redundant ammunition and explosives must cease. The ban will take effect following the extension of the 1972 Oslo Convention to cover the European ha

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