Progress on new air pollution controls

Operators of more than 6,000 processes applied for authorisation in the first 12 months of the new system of local authority air pollution control introduced by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The figures, revealed by a Department of the Environment survey (DoE), also show that the rate at which applications are being determined varies significantly between local authorities.

The DoE's figures are based on quarterly returns from local authorities. Early returns, as well as a joint survey conducted by the National Society for Clean Air and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, indicated either that the DoE had seriously overestimated the number of processes which would be caught by the new controls, or that many operators had not submitted applications by the due date, or both.

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