Italian standard for solid recovered fuels contested

Green groups EEB and ECOs are concerned that Italy's proposed end-of-life criteria for solid recovered fuels could lead to greater heavy metal and dioxin pollution.

Italy's proposed end-of-waste (EoW) standard for solid recovered fuels should be opposed as it would lead to greater heavy metal pollution in the country, green groups EEB and ECOS warned in a letter to two senior EU officials.

In the letter, dated 5 November, the NGOs say the levels of mercury permitted by the EoW standard are too high. The fuels meeting this standard could be burnt in large combustion plants (LCPs) not regulated by waste incineration legislation.

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