HMIP lays down markers in BPEO assessment plans

Companies regulated under integrated pollution control (IPC) will have to provide detailed, costed justifications of their choice of process and abatement equipment under draft guidelines published by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP).1 The methodology is less rigid than an earlier proposal, and now takes some account of solid wastes. But its requirement on firms to prepare a transparent evaluation of the environmental impact of a range of process options will demand a massive improvement in the quality of IPC applications.

Applicants for authorisation under IPC face two fundamental requirements. They must assess the environmental consequences of releases from their processes. And they must show that their activities represent the "best available techniques not entailing excessive cost" (BATNEEC) - and also the "best practicable environmental option" (BPEO) where releases go to more than one environmental medium.

However, ENDS' recent study of the implementa

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