Comeuppance for France over dirty incinerators

Government condemned in court for long delays in compliance with 1989 EU directives

France has been condemned in the European court of justice for failing to apply strict environmental controls to larger waste incinerators by legal deadlines set in two 1989 EU directives. The breaches were still not fully resolved by early this year, while the country now faces new problems regarding smaller incinerators (EED 31/01/02).

As often in the environmental field, the European Commission started infringement proceedings after receiving a complaint alleging high dioxin emissions from a particular incinerator.

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