Decisions on generators' IPC confidentiality appeals

The first two appeals under integrated pollution control (IPC) have ended in victory for National Power but defeat for PowerGen. The appeals concerned the confidentiality of data in their IPC applications, and the time taken to decide them suggests that if the generators lodge further appeals once HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) has determined their applications, many of their power stations will not be authorised until well into the mid-1990s.

Both firms appealed to the Environment Secretary after HMIP rejected their requests to keep part of the information submitted in their applications for authorisation under IPC off the public registers. National Power's appeal concerned 18 of its power stations, and PowerGen's 12.

The appeals were made under section 22 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which provides that information should be kept off the registers if its disclosu

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