Row over training threatens timetable for waste licences

The difficulties facing the Department of the Environment (DoE) in introducing the new system of waste management licences next April have been compounded by a row over the qualifications which will be required of waste managers.

The need for the qualification scheme arises from section 74 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which provides that a waste management licence may not be granted where the management of a site will not be "in the hands of a technically competent person."

Section 34 also confers powers on the Secretary of State to prescribe the qualifications and experience required of a person before he can be deemed to be "technically competent",

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