DoE becomes NI waste shipments regulator

Regulations transferring responsibility for regulating transfrontier waste shipments from Northern Ireland's 26 district councils to the Department of the Environment were belatedly issued in February and come into force on 1 March 2005.1

Similar provisions were included in proposed amendments to the transfrontier shipment of waste regulations 1994 issued in 2000 (ENDS Report 307, p 37 ) but never implemented. Last year's damning report from the DoE's Waste Management Advisory Board said such a change was "essential" for waste control in Northern Ireland (ENDS Report 354, pp 42-43 ). There has been a growing problem with cross-border dumping in recent years.

District councils will remain the competent authority with regard to any shipment notifications they received and acknowledged before 1 March 2005.

The regulations also align the penalties in Northern Ireland with those in Britain.

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