UK brings up the rear on crematoria mercury

The UK government is consulting on possible new controls on crematoria mercury emissions, which are estimated to account for up to 16% of national mercury releases. Without intervention, they will become the single largest source - constituting as much as one-third of national output - by 2020. A new requirement for flue gas cleaning, in line with rules already in place in Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, is a likely outcome. The cost is put at UK£55 (€77) per cremation. See consultation paper.

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