Following the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis, animal carcass disposal activities have undergone deep structural (creation of the public animal carcass disposal service in December 1996; reforms of this public service) and regulatory changes, notably with the application of European Regulation no. 1774/2002 of 3 October 2002 establishing the health requirements applicable to animal by-products for uses other than human consumption.
These evolutions have resulted in modifications and adjustments in the legislation on classified installations in order to take into account public health measures with regard to the prion risk.
The facilities in charge of collecting and sometimes storing and treating animal by-products (carcasses, slaughtering waste and other animal products), as well as maggot farms, are likely to generate considerable odour nuisances and cause health hazards via liquid wastewater (risk of infection, prions etc.).
For the cremation of household pet carcasses, the major issue remains the proper management of wet flue gas, with the reduction of air pollutant emissions.
2731: nomenclature section currently being amended;
2150: ministerial order in preparation phase;
2740: ministerial order currently being revised.
BREF (Best REFerences) document listing the Best Available Techniques (or BAT) for the sector of animal by-product treatment: Reference document on the best available techniques in abattoirs and animal by-product industries (summary)
http://agriculture.gouv.fr: health regulation.
European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) no. 1774/2002 of 3 October 2002 establishing health requirements applicable to animal by-products for uses other than human consumption
Council Directive 96/61/CE of 24 September 1996 relative to Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control.
National legislation: Environmental code, legislative section book V (law no. 76-663 of 19 July 1976 relative to classified installations for environmental protection).
Environmental code, regulatory section book V title 1
Order of 29 June 2004 relative to operational assessment provided for by amended decree no. 77-1133 of 21 September 1977.
Amended order of 24 December 2002 relative to the annual emissions disclosure of permit holding classified installations.
Ministerial order of 4 May 1992 relative to incineration centres for household pet carcasses
Circular of 25/07/06 relative to operational assessment
Circular of 21/02/05 relative to classified installations – application of the legislation on feathers and down
Circular of 6/12/04 relative to operational assessment
Circular of 11/10/04 implementing the ministerial order of 12 February 2003 relative to the requirements applicable to permit holding classified installations under section 2730 (treatment of carcasses, waste or animal by-products with the exception of the activities targeted by other nomenclature sections): prevention of odour nuisances.
Circular of 25/11/03 on the interpretation of European Regulation no. 1774/2002 of 3 October 2002 establishing health requirements applicable to animal by-products for uses other than human consumption.
Circular of 29/09/03 relative to classified installations - disposal and treatment of animal carcasses, debris and offal