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Power Stations: EC Law

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether his Department has plans to apply for a derogation from the EU large combustion plant directive; (256157)

(2) what discussions he has had with (a) EU institutions and (b) energy companies on applications for derogations from the EU large combustion plant directive.

I have been asked to reply.

The large combustion plants directive (2001/20/EC) contains no derogations for which the United Kingdom has to apply and therefore no discussions with EU institutions have been necessary. It is open to the competent authority (the Environment Agency in England and Wales) to apply such derogations as are mentioned in the directive as it sees fit in the light of discussion with the plant operator concerned.