December 24 2002 the MIWA waste-incinerator final CLOSED.
November 20 2001, the management of the MIWA waste incinerator
Belgium is be sentenced on appeal to close the waste
at last towards December 31 2002. This incinerator was
since 1977 and has a licence until 2008.
judgement of the Belgium court of appeal is based on the
(that means not to wait for scientific consensus to take
specific dangers for the environment and for the public health)
basic principle of preventive acting (that means to take action
environment damage rather than restore the damage afterwards).
refuge explicitly to install a denox-filter installation and so
do not apply the best available techniques (BAT). The Belgium
says that this decision of the management forms a serious threat
infringement of the environmental laws. The sentenced on appeal
waste incinerator is a tool to maintain the environmental law
the environment damage, with a view to the public interest, says
court of appeal.
the first time in Belgium that a licensed firm
to close by the court of appeal due environmental violation of
is also a penalty sentenced (€2,500 for each breach of the
law) if the management don't want to close the incinerator after
"Workgroup Environment and Health Sint-Niklaas" has
also started in 1999
procedure to prosecute the management. This procedure is still
4 years the "Workgroup Environment and Health
Sint-Niklaas" is fighting
incinerator. In spite of a own health report of 1998 of the
waste incinerator (look www.milieugezondheid.be), the
government refuge till now to close the incinerator while the
not respecting the Belgium laws.
Since two years the green party
takes part of the government. The green party has the minister
and environment. Nothing changed.