PART 2: SUMMARY
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:
(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