Growing number of confidentiality requests under IPC

Over 50 applications for information to be kept off the public registers on the grounds of commercial confidentiality have been made by companies since integrated pollution control (IPC) came into force on 1 April 1991, according to a parliamentary reply by Environment Minister David Maclean.1 Just over a quarter have been granted in full, and only the two power generators have appealed against decisions by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) to refuse their applications.

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