DoE forced to act on funding crisis for waste certification body

The final text of the regulations and guidance on "technically competent" waste managers which will form part of the ill-starred waste management licensing system to be introduced under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 was published by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 18 May. The move appears to have been prompted by threats from waste management businesses disaffected by the delay in implementing the new regime that they will stop funding the organisation which will be responsible for issuing certificates of competence to waste managers.

Implementation of the licensing system, due on 1 April, was postponed for two months in March and again, after unspecified problems in marrying it with EC legislation were identified by the DoE's lawyers, in April (ENDS Report 219, pp 28-30 ). A revised deadline has yet to be announced, although the DoE is now bel

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