Letter of invitation to submit written
Sub-Committee C (Chairman: the Earl of
Cranbrook) is conducting an enquiry into the European Commission's
proposals for a new Directive on Incineration of Waste (COM (98)
558 Final, 7 October 1998). The main purposes of the proposal
are to extend the scope of the existing Directive 94/67/EC on
the incineration of hazardous waste; to impose more stringent
controls on municipal waste incinerators than those required by
Directives 89/369/EEC and 89/429/EEC (which are concerned only
with emissions to air); and to introduce a regime of permits based
on uniform emission limits and following the principles of integrated
pollution prevention and control (IPPC).
Written evidence is invited on the implications
of the proposals for current policy and practice, both in the
United Kingdom and in the wider international context, especially
in the European Union. The following questions (not intended to
be exhaustive) are suggested as a framework, to be used selectively:
1 What are the key issues raised by the
2 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?
3 Has the case for action at Community level
(the subsidiarity principle) been made?
4 What are the technical and economic implications
for the waste management industry and for other users of wastes
in combustion plants?
5 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?
6 How should they be viewed in the context
of relevant international conventions on global and transboundary
pollution and sustainable development?
7 Is there a coherent relationship between
these proposals, the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control
Directive (96/61/EC) and
8 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?
Evidence should not exceed 4000 words (on about
6 sides of A4). The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 10
February 1999. If convenient, they may be sent by e-mail to
Clerk to Sub-Committee C
European Communities Committee
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW
|Tel: 0171 219 3015|
Fax: 0171 219 6715
22 January 1999