EU food federation concerned over pollution reforms.
THE CONFEDERATION of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA)
fears a vote by the European Parliament on reforming the European
Union's IPPC directive (integrated prevention and control) could
lead to "a rigid implementation of the BAT (best available
techniques) reference documents" rules governing allowable
pollution controls. This would undermine "the flexibility concept
of the [existing] directive," which has given food businesses more
leeway over pollution controls. The CIAA said regulators should allow
food companies to stray from BAT-associated emission levels in special
circumstances. The comment followed a vote by the parliament to tighten
allowable emission limit values under the proposed law, which affects
food and drink manufacturers, amongst a limited range of business
sectors. The CIAA said "substantial further work" on the law
was needed by MEPs.