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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO SHARE EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTING NEW POLLUTION PREVENTION REGIME

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Authorities will be given new environmental responsibilities in ...
Authorities will be given new environmental responsibilities in

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

conference: Working Together for a Better Environment', Mr Meacher

said:

'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.'

NOTES

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.

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