Opposition to DoE plan to scrap special waste controls

Waste management businesses and regulators have told the Department of the Environment (DoE) that they are wholly opposed to its proposals to abolish existing controls over hazardous waste movements. Their stance has put the DoE on the spot as it attempts to respond to the Prime Minister's demands for the abolition of red tape.

The DoE's proposals were made public in May (ENDS Report 220, pp 28-29 ). They would involve scrapping controls which were introduced in 1972 in response to a series of fly-tipping incidents, and modified in 1980 to cover a more limited list of the most hazardous "special" wastes.

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