About 50 smaller French municipal waste incinerators (MSW) missed a 1 December 2000 deadline for compliance with 1991 national limits on dioxin emissions, according to environment ministry data. MSWs with a capacity under six tonnes per hour are proving the most difficult to bring up to the legal standard and the ministry says it will soon announce the closure of about a dozen of the worst offenders. A scandal concerning dioxin emissions from French MSWs hit the headlines in 1998, leading so far to closure of 95 facilities (EED 29/01/98). See press release.
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