Missed deadlines all round in new air pollution controls

Implementation of the air pollution control system created by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 is not proceeding satisfactorily. Many operators have failed to apply for authorisation, local authorities are not determining applications within the specified deadlines, and the system is creaking due to a combination of insufficient resources, deficiencies in central guidance and inadequate training.

That is the picture painted by the second joint survey by the National Society for Clean Air and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities to measure progress in implementing the new controls.

Both their first survey (ENDS Report 209, p 7 ) and figures compiled by the Department of the Environment (DoE) (EN

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