Hazardous substances consents for Scotland

Regulations introducing a system of hazardous substances consents in Scotland were laid before Parliament on 8 March.1 They give planning authorities new powers to control the storage and use of hazardous chemicals.

The regulations come into force on 1 May. Similar rules were introduced in England and Wales last summer (ENDS Report 206, pp 28-29 ).

The purpose of the new regime is to give planning authorities the opportunity to approve the introduction of one or more of 71 substances listed in a schedule at a quantity hi

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