HMIP cranks up enforcement

The tougher enforcement policy taken by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) is starting to bear fruit, with 18 successful prosecutions in 1992. But the burdens of implementing the first year of the integrated pollution control (IPC) regime are taking their toll in terms of a large financial deficit and continued low inspection rate.

Details of HMIP's performance in 1991/2 emerged with the publication of its fifth annual report, which arrived as a five-volume set of national and research reviews along with three regional reports.1 This marks a welcome return to supplying more detailed local information, though it is disappointing that the regional reports are not available separately.

In 1991/2, HMIP successfully prosecuted 12 companies, which paid £2

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