LAPC survey finds flaws in process upgrades, inspections

Upgrading deadlines have so far been met for up to 90% of the industrial processes regulated under the local air pollution control (LAPC) regime, according to a study for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.1 But the survey warns that recent deadlines for large numbers of coating processes have been missed - and highlights serious weaknesses in local authorities' inspection and monitoring procedures.

Under the LAPC system, local authorities oversee some 13,000 processes in England and Wales. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency enforces the regime north of the border. LAPC is entering a critical phase as deadlines for upgrading existing processes to new plant standards draw close.

The DETR appointed consultants Cardinal Environmental to carry out the most thorough assessment yet of LAPC implementation. Interviews were conducted

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