France transposes EU waste burning law

Environment ministry issues decrees spelling end to country's remaining dirty incinerators

France has issued two decrees transposing the 2000 EU waste incineration directive, a move that is likely to spell the end for the country's remaining dirty incinerators.

At a waste congress last month, environment minister Roselyne Bachelot pledged closure, by year end, of waste incinerators exceeding national dioxin ceilings, in line with a 1991 national law (ED 13/09/02).

An intensive programme to refurbish or shut down municipal waste incinerators emitting illegal levels of cancer-causing dioxins has made significant if somewhat belated progress. It was prompted by a scandal that erupted in 1998 when wide-scale flouting of dioxin emissions limits across the country was exposed. Then environment minister Dominique Voynet promised action.

Please sign in to access this article. To subscribe, view our subscription options, or take out a free trial.

Please enter your details

Forgotten password?

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
or call 020 8267 8120

Not a subscriber?

Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.