Norway counts cost of EU incineration law

Expenses to rise under draft rules setting stricter limits on waste incineration emisssions

Draft regulations submitted by the Norwegian pollution control authority (SFT) would impose much stricter limits on waste incinerator emissions in line with the EU's 2000 waste incineration directive, the agency said today. The legal deadline for formal compliance by EU countries and members - like Norway - of the broader European economic area will pass on 28 December (EED 14/07/00).

The proposed legislation would replace three separate existing regulations. It would tighten limits on releases of dust, acidifying chemicals, heavy metals and dioxins. Limits applying to municipal incinerators on dust and dioxins would fall by 72% and 45% respectively. Industrial waste facilities would face new limits on nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) 30% and 73% respectively below current levels.

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