Scotland complies belatedly with EC asbestos pollution rules

Regulations to control discharges containing asbestos in line with an EC Directive have been brought into force in Scotland, two years beyond the required date.1

The new regulations implement part of the 1987 EC Directive on asbestos pollution (ENDS Report 147, p 23). This should have been brought into force by 30 June 1991, and the regulations take effect exactly two years late. Implementing regulations were brought into force in England and Wales in 1989 but did not transpose the Directive as fully as the new Scottish rules.

The regulations follow the Directive closely in requiring that asbestos

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