The European commission has suffered a legal defeat over a case involving a waste-to-energy plant in North Rhine-Westphalia. The commission says local authorities failed to require an environmental impact assessment before approving the plant's construction (EED 12/04/05). The plant burns a mixture of hazardous and non-hazardous waste to produce heat. But in a ruling issued on Thursday, EU judges dismissed the claim as "unfounded". See judgement in case C-247/06
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