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.
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