DETR sets out plans for implementing solvents Directive

Proposals for implementing the 1999 EC Directive on solvent emissions in England and Wales were published by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions at the end of July. 1 As expected, the Government is unlikely to opt for a solvent tax or tradable permit scheme, preferring direct regulation on grounds of cost and practicality. The main issues raised in the paper relate to three sectors - but there is also a surprise in the proposal to drop the use of the UK's "compliant coatings" approach to controlling solvent emissions.

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