HMIP inspection rate still low

The number of inspections carried out by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) increased substantially in 1991/2, according to a parliamentary reply by Environment Minister David Maclean.1 But the total was still the second lowest for many years, despite the large recent increase in HMIP's staff.

The inspections achieved by HMIP are shown below. They include visits by both inspectors and sampling teams to works controlled under integrated pollution control (IPC) and the old air pollution legislation, as well as to non-scheduled works where HMIP was assisting local authorities. Visits in connection with radioactive emissions to air are also included, but those made in connection with HMIP's other responsibilities under the Radioactive S

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