Ground rules for IPC in Scotland

The Scottish version of integrated pollution control (IPC) came into force on 1 April, and new regulations which came into force on the same day laid down the ground rules for determining which of the various regulatory authorities will take the lead in enforcing the new regime.1

Scotland's variant of IPC differs from that in force in England and Wales not only in having been implemented 12 months later.

South of the border, HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) is clearly the lead authority in operating the IPC system. However, because of the overlap between its responsibilities and those of the National Rivers Authority (NRA) in protecting the water environment, provision was made under the Environmental Protectio

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