HMIP's tough line on permit rules

A tougher approach to companies which operate without official authorisation has been signalled by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) in a prosecution of a minerals business. Firms which are convicted will also face higher costs following the implementation of new Treasury rules.

For many years, almost every annual report from HMIP and its predecessors has brought news of roadstone coating plants operating without the necessary certificate of registration under the Alkali Works Regulation Act 1906. The official response has generally been to declare an infraction of the Act, and only in extreme cases did the inspectorates prosecute.

On 25 October, Huyton magistrates were told that North West Aggregates, a subsidia

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