Environmental Protection Act
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 replaced much of the Control of Pollution Act 1974. It addresses a number of issues, including licenses and authorisation for certain processes where pollution is an issue and 'statutory nuisances' such as smoke, fumes and dust.
The Act's main relevance in terms of waste is that waste must not be deposited on any land unless a waste management licence authorising the deposit is in force. It also established wider obligations for mitigating against pollution of the environment or harm to human health. When dealing with waste you therefore need to be able to demonstrate that you took all reasonable precautions, with heavy fines or even imprisonment possible if an offence is proven.
Clearly, the Act is likely to be of relevance to any commercial organisation producing or processing waste (with possible but less likely implications for private householders). We can provide you with advice on any aspect of the Act so please contact us if you require guidance or information about how we can help you meet your obligations.