New incineration rules grant ‘loophole to pollute’ - EEB

Technical rules on waste incineration could end up allowing operators to escape tighter emissions limits by adding biomass waste to their fuel mix, the European Environmental Bureau has warned

Technical rules on waste incineration could end up allowing operators to escape tighter emissions limits by adding biomass waste to their fuel mix, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has warned.

On Monday, member states will meet to sign off on the final draft of the Best Available Techniques (BATs) conclusions for waste incineration, published in December 2018 by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

But the EEB has expressed concern that the proposed standards may not apply to the co-incineration of waste if it partially comprises biomass waste, such as by-products from the paper industry and some forms of forestry and agricultural waste.

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