New waste gas treatment BREF drafted for chemical industry

The first draft of new statutory guidance on common waste gas management and treatment systems in the chemical sector (WGC) has been issued for stakeholder comment.

Published on Friday by the European IPPC Bureau, part of the European Commission, the 330-page document has been in preparation for three years by the bureau, industry experts, NGOs and EU member state officials.

Once finalised, the draft best available techniques (BAT) reference document (BREF) will complement and in part update guidance provided by an earlier and similarly-titled BREF from 2016, covering “common waste water and waste gas treatment/management systems in the chemical sector.” It is addressed particularly at processes that use, or should use, techniques such as spray towers, bag filters, cyclones, thermal oxidisers, absorption filters and condensers.

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