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Defra consults on proposed changes to industrial emission laws

Defra has launched a consultation on its transposition of the Industrial Emissions Directive.

Interested parties have until 6 June to give their views on the way the Government is planning to propose the European directive into UK law.

The directive replaces seven existing directives covering topics including waste incineration, activities using organic solvents, and titanium dioxide production.

The existing directives are transposed through the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, and the Government has proposed to amend those Regulations.

Defra head of industrial pollution control Richard Vincent said in a letter: “We have drafted the amending regulations, but there are several points about or arising from them on which we would be grateful for your comments.”

The directive requires a wide range of industrial activities to be regulated to protect the environment from possible harm from their emissions.

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