Revised guide to IPC

A revised guide to integrated pollution control (IPC) has been issued by the Department of the Environment.1 The main changes concern how HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) will go about defining what constitutes the "best available techniques not entailing excessive cost" and evaluating applications to withhold information from public registers on grounds of commercial confidentiality.

The first edition of the guide was published when IPC came into force in England and Wales in April 1991. The revised version has been simplified and restructured and is more accessible as a result.

Only three noteworthy changes appear to have been made in the new edition. One of these concerns the meaning of "best available techniques not entailing excessive cost" (BATNEEC) as regards new processes.

The first edition said that there

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