EU bickers over oil refinery pollution

No consensus over setting plant-wide levels for emissions of sulphur, nitrogen oxides

EU member states and industry are squabbling over nearly completed reference document expected to have an enormous impact on pollution control in oil refineries. France, has said it will try to block the adoption of the document - known as bref - if its concerns are not met.

The background is the EU's integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive. This requires emission limits in pollution permits for controlled industry sectors to be consistent with the use of best available technology (BAT) by 2007. Brefs are supposed to give the consensus view on what constitutes BAT for each sector.

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