Chemicals sector wins exemption for R&D plant under IPPC

The chemical industry and other sectors have won an exemption for research and development processes from regulation under the integrated pollution prevention and control regime, according to proposed amendments to the PPC regulations.1 The consultation paper explains that although R&D plant were originally exempt under the IPPC Directive, the Government chose not to carry the exemption through into the PPC regulations because of concerns that operators would abuse the provision by seeking exemption for larger production units.

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