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Dust Emission Limits

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he intends to place individual SO2 and dust emission limits on large industrial plants.

Large industrial plants which have the potential for significant emissions of SO2 and dust are subject to control by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution. Operators of these plants are required to fit such equipment and to operate in such a way as to minimise air pollution and its effects. The specification of the requirements may include emission limits. Under proposed changes to air pollution legislation to be introduced this Session, control requirements, including any relevant emission limits, will be set in legally binding authorisations which will be open to public inspection. I have written to my hon. Friend about the control of dust and SO2 emissions from the Fiddlers Ferry power station, which is among the plants covered by proposals in the Department's recent consultation paper on implementation of the EC large combustion plants directive.