Controversy grows over impact of deregulation on environment

The Government's deregulation drive is homing in on waste legislation and integrated pollution control. But with only a few weeks to go before existing laws are identified for repeal later this year, both sides of the waste management community have turned against the initiative - and some businesses are criticising the Government for missing the chance to create a "one-stop shop" by postponing the establishment of the Environment Agency.

The next crucial step will be on 20 July, when a seminar chaired by the Prime Minister will hear proposals for deregulation assembled by the Department of Trade and Industry's Deregulation Unit and seven business task forces reporting to the DTI. Corporate Affairs Minister Neil Hamilton said in June that he hoped the task forces will produce "hit lists" of legislation for repeal and simplification which are "radical and extensive".

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