the implementation of the new Integrated Pollution Prevention and
Control (IPPC) regime, environment minister Michael Meacher has announced.
Speaking at the Environment Agency/Local Government Association
'I am pleased to announce that the government will be making
provisions in the forthcoming Integrated Pollution Prevention and
Control (IPPC) legislation for local authorities in England and Wales
to act as regulators for a proportion of the 4,600 installations that
will be covered by the new regime.
'This decision recognises the overwhelming support for a continuing
role for local authorities both from the authorities themselves but
also from those sectors of industry they currently regulate. Your new
regulatory role under IPPC will complement the wide-ranging
responsibilities which we have recently given local authorities for
local air quality management.
'I do not understimate the challenge that IPPC regulation and
integrated permitting will present to local authorities. In
delivering the requirements of the new IPPC regime, it is vital that
both local authorities and the Agency make full and effective use of
the specific expertise which you each have to offer. We will
therefore be making provisions in the legislation for the agency,
with its responsibilities for integrated water management, to set the
conditions relating to discharges to water in all IPPC permits,
including those to be issued by local authorities. We will also make
provisionto allow the agency to draw on the wealth of local authority
experience when setting conditions relating to the control of noise.
'I hope to see you working closely together to take full advantage
of the considerable opportunity which IPPC implementation presents
to strengthen our system of industrial pollution control and deliver
a high level of protection of the environment.'
The EC Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive
will extend integrated control - covering releases to air, water and
land - to some 4,600 installations, compared to the 2000 or so
regulated under the domestic Integrated Pollution Control (IPC)
regime, and will take a far wider range of environmental impacts into
account. Some 1,500 of the installations caught by the Directive are
currently regulated by local authorities under the Local Air
Pollution Control (LAPC) regime. The UK must transpose the directive
into domestic legislation by 31 October 1999 from which time new
industrial installations will have to meet the directive's
requirements. The Directive's provisions must be applied to existing
installations by 2007.
The exact split in regulatory responsibilities between the
Environment Agency and local authorities is yet to be finalised and
will be the subject of further public consultation when the draft
regulations are published at the end of November.
In Scotland, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) will
be the regulator for all IPPC installations.