DoE worries on impact of EC rules for small boilers

Many thousands of small boilers could be added to the existing UK system of air pollution control under a forthcoming EC proposal to curb emissions from small combustion plant, according to a report prepared for the Department of the Environment (DoE).1 And if the EC rules supported the use of low-sulphur fuel rather than flue gas treatment, they would spell yet more trouble for the Government's tattered plans to sell off British Coal.

The European Commission's initiative will complement the 1988 Directive on large combustion plants - those with a rated thermal input of 50MW or more. In the UK, this has led to a national programme to reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides (ENDS Report 188, pp 29-31), and also to emission controls on individual plant (ENDS Report 195, pp 28-30).

As these measures take effect, the relative contribution from smaller combus

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