Move to reduce inspections for IPC sites with ISO14001, EMAS

The Government has told the Environment Agency to prepare guidelines for a "light touch" in policing companies subject to integrated pollution control (IPC) which are also certified to the ISO14001 or EMAS environmental management standards. This latest deregulation initiative is likely to provoke concern that inspections of IPC processes, already low, will not keep companies up to the mark. Meanwhile, the chemical industry is seeking access to state aid as part of the price of a voluntary agreement on energy efficiency.

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