HMIP faces first appeals against IPC authorisations

The hopes of HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) for a smooth introduction of the new integrated pollution control (IPC) regime were initially set back by appeals by the power generators concerning the disclosure of confidential information in public registers. Now the first appeals against the conditions imposed by HMIP in authorisations have come in - with ICI and British Sugar contesting every authorisation.

Bedding down a new pollution control system inevitably takes time, and it was always likely that some operators would lodge appeals in the initial phase of IPC. What nobody probably expected was how long it would take to issue authorisations for existing large combustion plants, the first group of processes to come within IPC on 1 April 1991.

If everything had gone smoothly, authorisations would have been issued by the end of August 1991.

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