Guidelines on liaison between HMIP and local authorities

A memorandum of understanding has been drawn up between HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) and local authorities to clarify their responsibilities under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Particular emphasis is placed on the handling of public complaints concerning processes under HMIP's control.

HMIP has already signed memoranda of understanding with the National Rivers Authority and the Health and Safety Executive. The aim is to improve communication and prevent overlap between the different regulatory bodies.

The latest document covers liaison between HMIP and local authorities for both pollution and statutory nuisance control. Communication in some areas has been poor, largely due to changes in HMIP's regional structure and in

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