Chemicals sector poses IPC's toughest test so far

HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) is facing probably its biggest test yet with a wave of applications to register existing chemical processes for integrated pollution control (IPC). Confusion over the rules for defining process boundaries has continued right up to the last minute - while moves by some chemical companies to test HMIP's implementation of the system to breaking point are opening up a rift in the industry.

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