HMIP inspections 40% below par as complaints stay high

HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) is carrying out only 60% of the inspections it believes are needed to achieve fully effective regulation, according to its Director Dr David Slater. For the first time, HMIP has accepted that the rising trend in complaints about processes under its control - confirmed in its latest quarterly report - may reflect a deterioration in industry's environmental performance.

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