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EXTRACTIVE WASTE. DRAFT BREF ON THE MANAGEMENT OF WASTE FROM THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES (MWEI BREF).

Directive 2010/75/EEC requires the Commission to organize an exchange of information between stakeholders from Members States, affected industries, environmental NGOs and the Commission, in order to develop, review, and when necessary, update the reference documents about MTD (called «BREF»).

This document concerns the following:

  1. The operation of the facilities and techniques in regards to emissions, and associated reference conditions, consumption and type of raw materials, consumption of water, energy use and waste generation.
  2. The techniques used, associated controls, effects between different media, technical and economic feasibility.
  3. The best techniques available and techniques emerging defined.

The implementation by Member States of Directive 2006/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the management of waste from extractive industries (the so-called "Mining Waste Directive, 2006/21/EC") is currently in the process of study and review.

The European Commission has produced a draft review document. This draft is called the "Draft BREF on the Management of Waste from the Extractive Industries (MWEI BREF)". The MWEI BREF Draft has been issued on 28 June 2016. Deadline to receive comments is 28 September 2016.

The MWEI BREF draft is available at the following link:

Commission of January 25th, 2018

On 25 January 2018, the Meeting of the Expert Group of Directive 2006/21/EC, on the management of waste from extractive industries, was held in Brussels for the revision of the document "Reference document on Best Available techniques for the management of Waste from Extractive Industries" (MWEI BREF), highlighting 51 best available techniques (MTD) in the mining, quarrying and hydrocarbon sectors.

Although the draft of BREF document was scheduled for the first quarter of 2018, it has been delayed for the second quarter.

ASSESSMENT OF MEMBER STATES PERFORMANCE REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EXTRACTIVE WASTE DIRECTIVE.

Directive 2006/21/CE on the management of waste from extractive industries provides for measures, procedures and guidance to prevent or minimise the adverse effects on the environment and risks to health resulting from the management of waste from the extractive industries. The study examines implementation of the Directive indicating possible difficulties in implementation and where possible, the causes. Specific provisions are examined relating to the management of Category A facilities, the use of cyanide technologies, the stability of tailing dams and ponds and the reprocessing of extractive waste.

A framework was developed to provide a structured basis for the assessment of the performance of Member States in relation to the implementation the Directive and the specific provisions. The framework defined areas of intervention and associated measurable parameters and indicators.

A range of information sources was used encompassing results of the reporting on the implementation of the Directive for the second reporting period (2011-2014), engagement with stakeholders, review of Member States? competent authority information, an information request to Member States and literature review. Implications are set out together with possible approaches to improving information collection, the focus of future guidance and areas where compliance promotion may support consistent implementation across Member States.

DEFINITIVE DOCUMENT OF THE MWEI BREF

The JRC has already published on its page the full document of the "BREF for the Management of Waste from Extractive Industries".

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