Combustion plants face stricter emission limits

BAT levels for NOx and SOx would become binding under IPPC revision; industrial laws merged into one; flexibility limited

Large combustion plants would be forced to meet stricter emission limits for nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide under draft legislation expected from the European commission by the end of the year.

Draft proposals to revise the EU's 1996 integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive have been developed by the commission's environment directorate and are now being inspected by other departments (see link below). They would also reduce national pollution authorities' flexibility to set emission limits and would open the door to trading of nitrogen and sulphur oxide emissions.

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