HC Deb 11 June 1991 vol 192 c486W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list any EC regulations or directives currently in force or pending which restrict or control the erection of high-volume waste incinerators in the vicinity of food storage and processing premises.

Mr. Baldry

[holding answer 10 June 1991]: There are no EC directives or regulations which specifically impose restrictions or controls of this kind.

The EC has adopted three directives on incineration: directive 84/360 on the combating of air pollution from industrial plants and directive 89/369—new plant—and directive 89/429—existing plant—on municipal waste incineration. These set emission limits and combustion conditions which apply to new plant now, and will apply to existing plant over 6 tonnes/hour capacity from 1996, and from 2000, with interim conditions from 1995, to smaller plant.

In addition, directive 85/337 requires the environmental effects of major projects to be taken into consideration before development consent is given. These effects might include effects on food storage and processing premises in a project's vicinity.