HMIP eases up on emission rules for incinerators

Incinerator operators have heaved a sigh of relief following the publication of the latest batch of process guidance notes by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP). The guidance, though stricter than the previous rules, takes a softer line than HMIP had proposed in its initial drafts. But the respite is likely to be short-lived as the notes are overtaken by the EC's draft Directive on hazardous waste incineration.

The 11 new guidance notes (see ENDS Report 208, p 32, for availability ) cover the waste disposal and recycling industry. This will be the second sector to come under integrated pollution control (IPC) after the fuel and power industry.

Operators of existing plants will have to apply for IPC authorisations be

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