Steep increases in pollution control charges

Increases way above the rate of inflation are to be made in the fees charged by both HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) and the National Rivers Authority (NRA) for processing permit applications and compliance monitoring. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has branded HMIP's proposals as "unacceptable".

Both cost-recovery charging schemes were introduced last year (ENDS Report 194, pp 28-9). They have a similar structure, with one charge being made for an application for a discharge consent or authorisation, and a second, annual charge to cover the authorities' monitoring costs. The charge levels are reviewed annually, with any revisions coming into force on 1 April.

Businesses controlled by HMIP face the biggest shock. In a consultation

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