Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Regulations Aim for Lower Pollution and More Sustainability

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Regulations Aim for Lower Pollution and More Sustainability

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Pollution is an inevitable by-product of industry. Thanks to new Government legislation however, its impact on the environment can be significantly reduced.

Designed to prevent, reduce and eliminate pollution through the efficient use of natural resources, Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) seeks to help businesses

move towards greater environmental sustainability.

Industries with the greatest potential to pollute the environment have been subject to a system of Integrated Pollution Control (IPC), for which the Environment Agency is responsible, under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Under the Government's new directives, the former systems of Integrated Pollution and Control (IPC) and Waste Management Licensing have been expanded on in the new IPPC (England and Wales) Regulations 2000.

As well as covering emissions to air, land and water, IPPC goes further to include noise and vibration, energy efficiency, waste minimisation, environmental accidents and site protection.

It looks more widely at the pollution impact of a plant or activity, setting out the best environmental way of doing the job, and considers the whole installation and not just the individual processes or activities. IPPC applies to the following industries: energy, production and processing of metals, minerals, chemicals, and waste management. Additional types of business include pulp and paper production, textile treatment, tanning, food production, and the intensive rearing of poultry and pigs.

Over 5,000 installations are expected to be regulated under PPC by 2007.

David Brignall, partner at engineering and environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong Newcastle, said: "Since the introduction of the PPC Regulations in 1999, Wardell Armstrong has been at the forefront of developing services that enable clients from all sectors adapt to the requirements of this legislation.

"At an early stage, it was recognised that a close working relationship between our environmental scientists and specialists at the company, who understand and operate the process that falls within the PPC Regulations, was a vital partnership to achieve a smooth transition into the requirements of the Regulations. …

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