IPC charging proposals anger chemical industry

The chemical industry stands to be the major loser under proposals from HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) to revise its cost-recovery charging scheme for 1993/4.1 Fees for each "component" of processes subject to integrated pollution control (IPC) are to rise only slightly. But new components have been introduced and the ceiling on the number of chargeable components on chemicals processes has been removed.

The cost-recovery scheme was introduced in 1991. It has two main elements: an application fee to cover HMIP's costs in processing an IPC authorisation, and an annual fee to cover the costs of monitoring compliance. The levels are reviewed annually, with revisions coming into force on 1 April.

Last year, HMIP doubled the application fee because IPC was proving more complex than anticipated, and also raised the annual fee three-fold to pay

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