Ministers take broad powers in pollution control Bill

A new environment Bill whose main purpose is to implement the EC Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) was introduced in the House of Lords on 26 November. 1 The Bill is unusually broad in character, leaving details of the new regime to be set out in regulations. It contains some surprises, notably provisions enabling the introduction of emissions trading and clearing the way for regulators to rely on as yet unspecified "arrangements" as an alternative to laying down requirements in permits. Important powers creating a new mechanism for implementing EC Directives also feature in the Bill.

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