Consultations open on changes to industrial regulation scheme fees

The environment department (DEFRA) has imposed freezes on industrial process regulation charges by councils. There are also important changes for discharges to water, water abstraction, mothballed plants and emissions. The Environment Agency is also consulting on regulatory charges.

The government is consulting on proposed changes to fees charged by local authorities in England for regulating polluting industrial processes in 2012/13.

The environment department (DEFRA) is proposing to continue a general freeze on charges levied by English councils.1,2 The Welsh government will consult separately on its own council charging schemes in due course.

Perhaps the greatest of DEFRA’s proposed changes is the abandonment of fees for discharges to water from installations regulated by councils under the integrated pollution prevention and control regime. These are known as LA-IPPC or ‘part A2’ facilities.

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