Increase in IPC, air pollution control fees

Most companies subject to integrated pollution control (IPC) face a sizeable hike in the fees they will have to pay to HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) this year despite last-minute reductions in the level of charges proposed by HMIP in January. Industries subject to local authority air pollution control face smaller increases in charges.

The cost-recovery charging scheme under IPC came into force last April. HMIP's proposals to raise the level of charges for 1992/3 - involving a 110% increase in the fee for an application for an authorisation, and a trebling of the annual "subsistence" charge - provoked heated protests from industry in February, even though it is obliged by law to recover its costs in determining applications for authorisations and monitoring compliance with t

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