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IMPLEMENTING THE WASTE INCINERATION DIRECTIVE

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Environment minister Michael Meacher has welcomed the start of the ...
Environment minister Michael Meacher has welcomed the start of the

public consultation on the implementation of the EU Waste

Incineration Directive.

The Directive, which is largely technical in nature, introduces

stringent operating conditions and sets minimum technical

requirements for some 2,600 incinerators and co-incinerators.

The Waste Incineration Directive includes large plant, such as

municipal waste incinerators and high temperature incinerators, as

well as small-scale plant, such as waste mineral oil burners in

vehicle servicing garages. One of its feature is that it introduces a

limit of 0.1ng/m3 for dioxins (ie no more than 1 part in 10 billion)

in air emissions whereas no limit is set in the two municipal waste

incineration directives currently in force.

The aim of the Directive is to prevent or limit as far as practicable

negative effects on the environment and the resulting risks to human

health, from the incineration and co-incineration of waste. Mr

Meacher said 'These controls embody what has already been accepted

and largely applied in the UK as good practice.

This consultation is not about the place of incineration in waste

management strategies. It is about ensuring that incinerators

continue to be tightly controlled.'All plant within the scope of the

Directive must apply for a permit which contains conditions

guaranteeing that the plant complies with its requirements.

The majority of such plant will in due course come under the

permitting regime of the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations

(England and Wales) 2000 (PPC) as Part A or B installations. As yet,

most have not yet been required to apply for such a permit under the

PPC transitional arrangements. The PPC permitting regime is being

used as the principal vehicle for delivery of the Directive's

requirements. This streamlined approach, combining the PPC and Waste

Incineration Directive's requirements, should ensure that the

regulatory burden is reduced.

The consultation paper will shortly be available from the DEFRA

website via http://www.defra.gsi.gov.uk/environment/conindex.htm and

the DEFRA publications line 08459 556 000.

NOTES

1. Public consultation period June - 9 September 2002

2. The Waste Incineration Directive (2000/76/EC) was adopted in

December 2000 and must be transposed by 28 December 2002.

3. It applies to new incinerators from 28 December this year and

existing incinerators from 2005.

4. The PPC Regulations implement the Integrated Pollution Prevention

and Control (IPPC) Directive and are subsuming the existing

Industrial Pollution Control (IPC) regime for incinerators and other

potentially polluting activities.

5. This consultation and the proposed Regulations and Directions

cover England and Wales only. A summary of the paper is available in

Welsh from the Industrial Pollution Control Branch, DEFRA, Zone

4/H11, Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6DE.

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