Three new sets of non-binding best available technology (BAT) standards for industrial environmental performance were accepted last week by the European Commission. Known as "brefs," the highly-detailed documents form the backbone for implementation of the EU's 1996 directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC). The total number of brefs now completed is 12, with 20 more in the pipeline.
Of the three brefs accepted last week, one on oil refineries was by far the most contentious. As ENDS Europe DAILY reported earlier, several member states were unhappy with the document as presented by the EU's IPPC technical bureau. Industry also had concerns, although it supported acceptance (EED 05/11/01).
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