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Alan Osborn

Stories

  • EU proposes new battery rulesSubscription

    26 July, 2005Updated: 26 April, 2010

    The European Union (EU) Council of Ministers has agreed in principle to a directive designed to curb environmental damage from the disposal of batteries and accumulators by reducing the volume of mercury they contain and increasing their collection and recycling. This proposed legislation requires member states to ban products containing more than a specified percentage of mercury, calling for programmes to reduce the heavy metal content of batteries and accumulators and to encoura

  • Technology improves incinerator emissionsSubscription

    18 July, 2005Updated: 26 April, 2010

    European research network EUREKA has developed a way of using chemically treated coal as a filter to clean up potentially dangerous emissions from the burning of waste. This could extend the use of incinerators throughout central and eastern Europe that would otherwise break European Union (EU) environmental laws. The coal eliminates polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and furans from the emissions of hospital and other hazardous waste incinerators. These highly dangerous substances