Danish dioxin emission trend still downwards

Denmark's efforts to cut dioxin emissions are succeeding, according to an official status report. Waste incineration plants are credited with reducing releases, as well as local authorities and industrial firms. But problems remain with private wood-burning ovens, said environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt, who announced a new study into the issue. The report shows a dramatic improvement over the situation just two and a half years ago (EED 13/12/00). Agriculture minister Mariann Fischer nevertheless called for a "determined Danish and international initiative" to continue reducing dioxin contamination. See press release.

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