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.