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[GreenYes] Fwd: [GAIA] EU/Policy: MEPs reject proposal to rebrand incineration as energy recovery


Apologies for Cross-postings

>From: "Monica Wilson" <mwilson@no.address>
>To: <gaia-members@no.address>
>Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 07:54:07 -0500
>Subject: [GAIA] EU/Policy: MEPs reject proposal to rebrand
>incineration as energy recovery
>******************
>Press Release :: Health Care Without Harm and Global Alliance for
>Incinerator Alternatives
>
>For Immediate Release: Tuesday 28th November
>---
>MEPs reject proposal to rebrand incineration as energy recovery
>
>
>Brussels, 28 November: Today, the European Parliament's Environment
>Committee committee voted against a controversial proposal to rebrand and
>effectively promote the incineration of waste.
>
>The coalitions Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and Global Alliance for
>Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) welcomed the decision.
>
>The European Commission had proposed reclassifying incineration as a
>"recovery" rather than a "disposal" option, based on an energy efficiency
>threshold.
>
>Dr. Cestmir Hrdinka, Executive Director of HCWH Europe, said, "HCWH and
>GAIA approached MEPs and warned them about accepting this proposal,
>because it would prevent reuse and recycling by making incineration the
>preferable option for dealing with waste.
>
>"We welcome this result because, as the European Court of Justice has
>stated, the primary purpose of an incinerator is to dispose of waste, not
>to produce energy."
>
>HCWH and GAIA have pointed out that the European Comission proposal to
>classify incinerators and disposal options is in contradiction with the
>European Court of Justice ruling (case C-458/00). This decision
>classifies dedicated municipal waste incinerators according to primary
>purpose, not energy efficiency, and therefore classifies incinerators as
>disposal operations.
>
>"We hope that all MEPs will vote against the proposal to rebrand
>incinerators when the full plenary of the European Parliament takes
>place," added Hrdinka
>
>For more information, please contact:
>Dr. Cestmir Hrdinka
>Mobile: +420 732 223 404
>cestmir.hrdinka@no.address
>Cestmir Hrdinka
>Health Care Without Harm Europe
>Tel./fax +420 222 287 808

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
www.garyliss.com

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