Scope of pollution control rules amended

More combustion plants will be brought under integrated pollution control (IPC) following a series of amendments to the 1991 regulations which defined the scope of IPC and the allied system of local authority air pollution control introduced by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Other sectors affected by the changes include non-ferrous metal processing and animal waste incinerators. The amending regulations also make it clear that the local authority controls do not extend to landfill gas flares.1

The 1991 regulations prescribed both the processes and substances to which the two new systems apply. They also set deadlines for existing industrial processes to be brought under control.

The amending regulations came into force on 1 April, and apply throughout Britain. They are mostly intended to clarify errors and anomalies discovered in last year's rules.

The most significant change concerns the definition of combustion processes

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