Early lessons in IPC for speciality chemicals sector

As the dust settles from the first round of applications under integrated pollution control (IPC), several pointers to the way in which HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) will deal with processes in the problematic speciality chemicals sector are beginning to emerge. And HMIP is warning that future applicants will need to provide fuller information if they are to satisfy evidence of their competence.

IPC came into force on 1 April 1991, when operators of existing large combustion plants and any new process subject to IPC were required to apply for an authorisation. Applications will be required from this April for other existing processes in the fuel and power sector (see pp 27-29 ).

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