Air pollution controls off to slow start in Scotland

Implementation of the local authority air pollution control system introduced by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 appears to be just as patchy in Scotland as in England and Wales. A survey has also shown that some councils have been slow to set up public registers, and a handful are making exorbitant charges for copies of register entries.

The new air pollution control regime came into force in Scotland on 1 April 1992, a year later than south of the border. The number of applications for authorisation has fallen well below expectations in England and Wales, suggesting that a sizeable number of businesses are operating illegally (ENDS Report 216, pp 8-9 

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