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Integrated pollution prevention and control: A review of health authorities' experience

Lookup NU author(s): Shelley Lanser, Professor Tanja Pless-Mulloli


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In August 2000, health authorities in England and Wales became statutory consultees for permits issued to industry by the Environment Agency as part of the implementation of EU directives. This responsibility has since been delegated to Primary Care Trusts. To assess health authority responses to applications made under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) regulations, we collected data from public registers during the first 12 months of this new regulatory regime. There was evidence of 27 applications, of which 59 per cent had substantive comments from health authorities. There was wide variation in the length and content. Responses were from Consultants in Communicable Disease Control (57 per cent) or Directors of Public Health (43 per cent). Only two health authorities had a dedicated resource for responding to IPPC applications. Capacity and capability are lacking and require resources invested for consistent, effective public health input to the process of permitting potentially polluting industries.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lanser S, Pless-Mulloli T

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Public Health Medicine

Year: 2003

Volume: 25

Issue: 3

Pages: 234-236

Print publication date: 01/09/2003

ISSN (print): 0957-4832

ISSN (electronic): 1741-3850


DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdg050

PubMed id: 14575199