Legislation on clean air, radioactive substances consolidated

Two Bills which consolidate existing primary legislation on clean air and radioactive substances received the Royal Assent on 27 May.

The legislation in both areas has been spread over well over a dozen statutes over the past 40 years or so, and the intention of the new Acts is to tidy it up without making any substantial changes to the law. Nevertheless, minor changes to the law are needed on occasion to achieve a satisfactory consolidation, and some of those introduced by the new Clean Air Act were summarised last November (ENDS Report 214, p 26 ).

The Clean Air Act 1993 replaces the Acts of the same title of 1956 and 1968, parts of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 dealing with controls over the composition of fuels and local authorities' powers to investigate air pollution, the Control of Smoke Pollution Act 1989, as well as parts of a dozen or so other statutes.1The main legislation repealed by the new Radioactive Substances Act 1993 is the 1960 Act of the same title which created a registration and authorisation system for the use of radioactive materials and the accumulation and disposal of radioactive waste, as well as the amendments made to it by the Environmental Protection Act 1990.2

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