Select Committee on European Communities Eleventh Report


The Scope of the Enquiry

21. In inviting evidence, we asked for views on the implications of the Commission's proposals for current policy and practice, both in the United Kingdom and in the wider international context, especially in the European Union. We posed a number of questions:[12]

(i)  What are the key issues raised by the proposals?

(ii)  Do the proposals fill a significant gap in EC legislation to reduce pollution by incineration of wastes? Is there a comparable gap in UK legislation at present?

(iii)  Has the case for action at Community level (the subsidiarity principle) been made?

(iv)  What are the technical and economic implications for the waste management industry and for other users of wastes in combustion plants?

(v)  How far will the proposals contribute to EU and UK strategies for sustainable development and sustainable waste management, including energy recovery, the diversion of wastes from landfill and the suitable siting of incineration facilities?

(vi)  How should they be viewed in the context of relevant international conventions on global and transboundary pollution and sustainable development?

(vii)  Is there a coherent relationship between these proposals, the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (96/61/EC) and the Hazardous Waste Incineration Directive (94/67/EC)? Is there a case for consolidation?

(viii)  How far do the proposals respond to current assessment of the potential risks from incineration to human health and the environment? What effect are they likely to have on public confidence in incineration as a waste disposal process?

12   Many of the written evidence submissions respond to each question in turn. Back

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