New industrial pollution control rules for Northern Ireland

Three sets of regulations bringing Northern Ireland's industrial pollution control system broadly into line with Britain come into force in early March.1 The new three-tier system of controls will be phased in for existing processes over a four-year period ending in December 2002, with the authorities having a leisurely nine months to determine applications for authorisation.

The new regulations build on an Order laid before Parliament last November which is now on the statute book (ENDS Report 274, pp 41-42 ).

The Order established the three-tier system of control. District councils will regulate releases to air from the least complex processes under a system known as "local cont

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