Hazardous substances consents for Scotland

Draft regulations to introduce a system of hazardous substances consents (HSCs) in Scotland have been issued for consultation by the Scottish Office.1 The new rules will enable planning authorities to control the storage and use of hazardous substances in excess of prescribed quantities.

The proposed Scottish rules are almost identical to controls which came into force in England and Wales in June (ENDS Report 206, pp 28-29 ). The only differences of any note reflect different planning consent procedures on either side of the border.

Companies will have to apply for an HSC where they intend t

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