MEPs back tougher mining waste controls

The European parliament's environment committee reasserted demands for stricter controls on mining waste on Wednesday. In a second reading report, it rejected a series of derogations adopted by EU governments last October (EED 12/10/04). Based on proposals from rapporteur MEP Jonas Sjöstedt, the committee called for inventories of closed mines, for renovation, where necessary, at waste producers' expense, and for financial guarantees on new sites to apply to all land affected by the facility, not just the site itself. Environmental group WWF congratulated MEPs for closing "loopholes" in the council's text. See press release.

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