Ministers to decide toxic waste storage limits

EU member states struggling to agree second round of thresholds for POPs in waste

EU ministers have been asked to decide upper limits on the presence of toxic chemicals in waste above which contaminated wastes will always have to be destroyed.  The move comes after a committee of member state officials failed to reach agreement on proposals tabled by the European commission at the beginning of this year.

The new thresholds concern 14 persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and complement much stricter ones agreed this summer, above which contaminated wastes must be destroyed or – in certain cases and where this can be justified – put into permanent storage (EED 09/08/06).

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