New row over waste coincineration in Portugal

Government sparks controversy with statement that cement kilns can burn waste without an EIA

Cement kilns can start burning hazardous industrial waste including oils and solvents as fuel without carrying out an environmental impact assessment (EIA), Portugal’s environment ministry announced on Thursday.  Such coincineration is controversial in Portugal and environmental groups and opposition parties strongly criticised the government.  According to the ministry, "an existing EIA procedure carried out in 1998 is still valid."  NGO Quercus described the statement as "unbelievable" and questioned its legality.  See Portuguese environment ministry and statement, and Quercus.

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