Growing number of cases under new air pollution controls

Local authorities are beginning to crack down on companies which are failing to comply with the authorisation procedures laid down in the air pollution control system established by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Two firms have been prosecuted successfully in recent weeks, and a survey of local authorities has revealed that at least another three dozen similar cases are in the pipeline.

The first prosecution for a failure to apply for an authorisation within the period prescribed by the Act was taken against North Tyneside Health Authority in January by North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council. The health authority was convicted of operating a clinical waste incinerator without an authorisation and fined £2,500 (ENDS Report 205, p 38 

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