Hazardous waste incineration proposal out at last

An EC Directive on hazardous waste incineration which was drafted by the European Commission in mid-1990 has finally been issued as a formal legislative proposal with few changes to show for two years' discussions with national experts and industry representatives.1 Many of the emission controls proposed are close to the borderline of technical feasibility, and incinerator operators can be expected to oppose them on the grounds of cost and practicality.

The draft Directive contains design, operating and emission standards which would apply to new hazardous waste incinerators from its proposed date of entry into force, 30 June 1994. Existing incinerators would have to be upgraded to these standards by 30 June 1997. The only exception to this rule would be where the operator intended to run an existing plant for no more than 20,000 hours until 31 December 1999 at the latest before shutting it d

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