The number of official EU reference documents for best available techniques (BAT) to improve the environmental profile of industrial processes rose to 15 last week as three more were accepted by the European Commission. Covering textiles, general monitoring procedures and intensive livestock farming, the new "brefs" were drafted by the EU integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) bureau in Seville, Spain.
All three will be used as guidance for pollution permitting authorities to implement the 1996 IPPC directive. Under this law, all relevant installations should be operating using BAT by 2007. At least 17 further brefs are set to emerge over the coming years. The new brefs were agreed in Brussels at the stakeholder information exchange forum (IEF), convened regularly under the directive.
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