IPC drafts take softer line on upgrading of chemical plant

The second and final drafts of process guidance notes covering acid, halogen and fertiliser processes and bulk storage of chemicals have been issued by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP).1 They contain further signs that HMIP will not necessarily expect all existing processes coming under integrated pollution control (IPC) to be brought up to the standards set for new plant.

The processes described in the notes come under IPC on 1 November 1993, and applications for authorisation of existing processes will have to be submitted by 31 January 1994.

HMIP expects existing processes to be upgraded to the standards set for new plant "at the earliest opportunity and generally no later than 1 November 1997." This has been the general formula, with differing dates, for all processes covered by IPC to date.

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