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EU publishes BAT conclusions for non-ferrous metals

New statutory guidance, under the Industrial Emissions Directive, for non ferous metals has been published by the European Commission through the so called Seville process.  The best available techniques (BAT) concerns the production of the whole range of non-ferrous metals including copper, lead, tin, cadmium, precious metals, and cobalt and sets standards for the issuing of environmental permits. New standards for the production of carbon and graphite are also included due to their use in aluminum smelting. The new BAT standards cover environmental management systems, energy recovery, process control, waste gases, dust suppression, waste water management, odour and noise. It includes184 provision in all, 55 of which have an associated emission level (AEL). Permits should not set emission limit values beyond those specified by AELs, unless special circumstances apply according the new BAT.  Environmental regulators now have four years to ensure the relevant permits are updated. READ MORE

More info on BAT conclusions for the non-ferrous metals industries
Download BAT reference document for the non-ferrous metals industries

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