IPC rules revised for chemical, metal processes

The Government has delivered on its promise to amend the regulations governing the authorisation of processes under integrated pollution control (IPC) so as to enable many chemical processes to be covered by a single authorisation. Unexpectedly, the revised regulations have also deferred the application of IPC to some metal and chemical processes.1

The amendments are largely the fruit of a lengthy campaign by the chemical industry, which claimed that the IPC regulations would make the authorisation procedure for many chemical processes unworkable. The Department of the Environment (DoE) accepted the industry's case in a consultation paper issued in July (ENDS Report 222, pp 34-35 

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