New DoE guidelines on air pollution authorisations

Guidelines on the drafting of air pollution control authorisations have been issued to local authorities by the Department of the Environment (DoE). They break new ground in advising that operators' plans for upgrading existing processes to new plant standards may now be submitted in a phased programme. They also reinforce existing advice that authorisations will be unenforceable unless they are precise, and should not duplicate other statutory controls.

The guidelines were drawn up after the DoE had reviewed 57 of the early authorisations granted by local authorities under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. They have been sent to local authorities but are not available from the DoE. Copies may be available from the Institution of Environmental Health Officers in due course.

A guidance note on how authorisations should be drafted was issued by the DoE when the local authorit

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