At yesterday’s DFFE Industry Waste Management Forum meeting, the department confirmed that PROs should raise invoices and collect EPR fees from producer members. The decision was made to ensure the processes around EPR can go ahead as planned even though we are awaiting official approval of the fee structure. Should the fee structure change once approved, PROs will make the necessary adjustments and pass that on to producers.
Burning EV batteries Complicate Firefighting Efforts on Cargo Ship
Via MarketWatch. The large number of electric vehicles on board a ship that is drifting ablaze in the Atlantic Ocean is complicating efforts to extinguish the fire, the Dutch experts contracted to salvage the vessel said Sunday.
It is unclear whether the blaze was caused by the electric cars, whose lithium-ion batteries have been known to catch fire, but the presence of burning batteries on board means SMIT Salvage, the company contracted to rescue the ship, is facing fire that spreads fast and cannot be fought with water alone, the company’s owners said.
“The cars are electric and part of the fire is the batteries that are still burning,” said a spokesman for Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, which owns SMIT Salvage and the company that freed the ship Ever Given after it became stranded in the Suez Canal last year.
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