HMIP softens line on upgrading of organic chemicals plants

The second and final drafts of nine guidance notes setting out the environmental standards expected of the organic chemicals industry when it comes under integrated pollution control (IPC) have been circulated by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP). They include a new clause which may allow many existing processes to continue well beyond the 1997 deadline for upgrading - strengthening fears that HMIP is giving too much weight to economic rather than environmental factors.

Operators of existing processes covered by the notes will have to apply for IPC authorisation between 1 May and 31 July 1993. The first drafts of the notes were issued by HMIP in April (ENDS Report 207, pp 17-20 ). Some of the key sections have been substantially rewritten.

  • Upgrading of existing plant

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