DoE ends long wait for rules on oil storage

After a succession of broken promises stretching back twelve years, the Department of the Environment (DoE) has finally issued legislative proposals to prevent water pollution from oil stores.1 Minimum design standards will apply to new oil stores and to existing stores when they are substantially upgraded, and the Environment Agency will have powers to impose the standards on existing stores posing serious pollution risks. But the Government is wavering over applying the rules to petrol stores despite acknowledging that they pose significant pollution risks.

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