Supplementary Memorandum by the Department
of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (CEM 49(a))
INQUIRY INTO CEMETERIES
Paragraph 42 of the joint memorandum submitted
by the Home Office and the DETR in December last year referred
to the review of the 1995 statutory guidance on what constitutes
BATNEEC for air emissions from crematoria.
The Committee may have been told that the review
was looking at an emission limit for mercury should be inserted
in the guidance. The Department has been in discussion with the
Federation of British Cremation Authorities over this possibility
and both the Department and the Federation have undertaken some
investigations. The Department welcomes the fact that the Federation
has recently commissioned further research.
The Department has, at this stage, concluded
that there is much still to be understood about the issues concerning
mercury emissions and the implications of setting a limit for
existing crematoria, and that further work is needed before a
decision can be made. The review will therefore proceed looking
at the remainder of the 1995 guidance, including whether a mercury
emission limit should be set for new crematoria (but not for existing
crematoria). It is anticipated that the review will be re-opened
during the course of next year to examine further the case for
a mercury limit for existing crematoria.