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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.
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Author:Osborn, Alan
Publication:International News
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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