Portuguese coincineration plan blocked again

Court demands new environmental assessment before cement plant can burn waste

A Portuguese court has ruled definitively that Portugal’s Souselas cement works must carry out a new environmental impact assessment (EIA) before it proceeds with controversial plans to burn hazardous waste as fuel.

In October the government rejected an interim injunction imposed by the Coimbra administrative and fiscal tribunal, arguing that an assessment carried out in 1998 should suffice (EED 07/08/06).

However, in its final ruling, the tribunal has insisted on a new EIA, arguing that the previous assessment was too old to be relied upon. The environment ministry said it might appeal against the decision before Portugal’s supreme court.

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