Level playing-field in jeopardy in IPC proposals for metal industry

In a major shift in policy, HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) has made it clear that many existing processes covered by integrated pollution control (IPC) will not be expected to upgrade to new plant standards. And it now seems prepared to consider the economic circumstances of an individual factory when setting authorisation conditions. The moves come in the first six draft guidance notes for metals processes, which mark a major departure from the style of its previous guidance.1

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