Agency plays for high stakes in brave new world of IPPC

Implementation of the 1996 EC Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) should be the cornerstone of a radical restructuring of Britain's pollution control regimes, the Environment Agency has told the Government. It has proposed that elements of the current waste management licensing system - including certificates of completion, financial guarantees and clean-up standards - should be extended to all industry sectors to fulfil the Directive's requirements for restoration of contaminated sites. The Agency's bid to take control of all installations under the Directive looks set to put it on a collision course with local authorities.

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