France criticised over waste incinerators

An EU court judge has recommended that France be condemned for breaching EU waste incineration laws. In an opinion released last Thursday Siegbert Alber upholds European Commission complaints that, by 1999, 27 of 75 large waste incinerators were failing to meet emission limits required at least three years earlier under two 1980s directives. Presenting an opinion for the full court, Mr Alber rejected France's plea that substantial improvements had been made since then, as publicised by the French government on the same day (EED 31/01/02). See opinion in case C-60/01.

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