Fees for air pollution control under review

Adjustments to the fees paid by businesses subject to local authority air pollution control to reflect the real costs of authorising and monitoring different types of processes have been mooted by a consultation paper issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE).1

The fees were introduced in April 1991, at the same time as the new air pollution control system under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 came into force. They were intended to enable local authorities to recover the costs they incur in determining applications for authorisation and in monitoring operators' compliance with authorisations.

The charging scheme comprises an application fee and an annual "subsistence" fee. A fee

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