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EU Ruling Raises Question on Gray Area Between Waste, Chemicals

March 14, 2019, 6:10 PM

A European Union court ruling on an Eastern European waste dispute highlighted a possible gap in EU legislation, which might lead to the disposal of chemical substances that could be recycled.

The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice on March 14 dismissed a case brought by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, which had alleged the Czech Republic infringed EU law by refusing to take back a shipment of hazardous waste.

Under EU law on waste shipments, hazardous waste can only be transported across national borders if the receiving country is notified. In this case, the receiving country, Poland, said ...