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IPPC recast on council agenda

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MEPs are expected to endorse the Compromise Amendments of the Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) for the Directive on Industrial Emissions (recast) in Plenary on 9-12 March 2009.  In relation to the rapporteur’s (Holger Krahmer, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Germany) proposal for a “European Safety Net”, this is likely to struggle within the Council.

During their meeting on 2 March, EU environment ministers rejected a proposal to strengthen minimum emissions limits on new industrial plants, stating said that not only would it lead to unnecessary administrative burdens and added costs, but that it could also prevent competent authorities from setting best available techniques (BATi) when applying permit conditions. Nevertheless, the ESN concept is currently supported by Germany, Austria and Denmark.

CEMBUREAU has focused primarily on the Environment Council in relation to the specific provisions for cement kilns co-incinerating waste and is advocating that those for waste oils and emission limit values (ELVs) should be maintained as they are in the current Incineration of Waste Directive.  In addition, the NOxi ELVs should be brought in line with the recently agreed BREFi (BAT Reference Document) conclusions, which foresee exemptions for certain kiln types.

The Presidency intends to reach a Council common position at the Environment Council meeting on 25 June.