Patchy first year for new air pollution controls

Operators of thousands of industrial processes have failed to apply for authorisations under the air pollution control system created by the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the National Society for Clean Air (NSCA) and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA) have claimed following a joint survey of local authorities. The study has also revealed that many councils are implementing the new controls at the expense of other environmental health work.

The survey is the most comprehensive yet undertaken of the implementation of the new air pollution control regime. Some of the findings confirm indications from quarterly returns made to the Department of the Environment (DoE) by local authorities that many industrial operators are either applying for authorisation late or not at all.

The NSCA/AMA survey was carried out in May. A total of 286 local authorities in England and Wales respond

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