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Warning on Swedish incinerator ash management

A report by Sweden's national audit office (SNAO) highlights "serious deficiencies" in routines for disposing of ash from household waste incineration plants. The report criticises the environmental protection agency, which "has not evaluated supervision routines and has inadequate knowledge of the scale of waste incineration and the risks of incineration residues", SNAO said. Describing the results as "unsettling", national auditor Kjell Larsson called for legislation to strengthen supervision. SNAO forecast annual volumes of incinerator residues to rise from about 450,000 tonnes in 1999 to 1.1m tonnes by 2008. See press release and report.

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