Nasty niffs as Gummer upholds animal renderers' appeals

The local authority air pollution control system introduced by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 has been in force for four years, but only now are the first significant appeals under it being determined. Environment Secretary John Gummer has recently upheld appeals by operators of three animal by-product rendering plants who had been refused authorisations - in two cases rejecting the recommendations of his own inspectors. Two of his decisions appear to leave councils no grounds for refusing to grant an authorisation on the grounds of a company's poor pollution record, while Mr Gummer has taken a seemingly conflicting stance on their ability to refuse authorisations for processes causing a statutory nuisance. The rulings also clarify how the Department of the Environment envisages that controls over odour emissions should operate.

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