Incineration consensus goes up in smoke


Mexican officials are putting the finishing touches on the nation’s first waste-incineration legislation despite a walkout by Greenpeace Mexico, the sole environmental group involved in development of the measure. A draft of the new amendment (NOM-098-ECOL-2000) to the 1988 General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Protection of the Environment, is being reviewed by business organizations including Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil monopoly, and the National Chemical Industry Association (Aniq). Greenpeace was to have taken part in the review, but on Aug. 21 it announced it was ending its involvement on grounds the government refuses to use the legislation as the start of an eventual phase-out of incineration. The amendment, likely to be enacted by presidential decree before the end of... [Log in to read more]

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