Exxon appeal removes "internal" IPC limits

Exxon Chemical has met with partial success in an appeal against binding release limits in an integrated pollution control (IPC) authorisation. In a potential weakening of regulatory control, "internal" effluent streams will now be controlled only by non-binding "target levels". But the company has failed in its bid to scrap binding limits at the final discharge point - and the Environment Secretary has dismissed a deal between Exxon and the Environment Agency to keep monitoring data out of the public domain.

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