HC Deb 04 December 1991 vol 200 c175W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what meetings he, departmental Ministers or officials have had with representatives of(a) the foundries industry, (b) paintmakers (c) chipboard manufacturers and (d) the castings industry in regard to difficulties posed by the air pollution requirements imposed under part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990; and what matters have (i) been resolved and (ii) remain to be resolved.

Mr. Baldry

Officials met representatives of the industries listed in working parties convened to assist the preparation of guidance notes on BATNEEC (best available techniques not entailing excessive cost) standards to be met by industrial operators becoming subject to local authority air pollution control under part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The number of meetings were as followsfoundries and castings industry—6 meetings on note no. PG2/4 chipboard manufactuers—10 meetings on note no. PG6/4 paintmakers—10 meetings on note no. PG6/10 plus 30 meetings on other paint-related guidance notes. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State met representatives of the Paintmakers Association in May.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already published process guidance on iron, steel and non-ferrous metal foundry processes (PG2/4) and on processes for the manufacture of particleboard and fibreboard (PG6/4). The remaining guidance on coating manufacture and sectors using coatings will be published early next year in advance of these processes coming into the new controls from 1 April 1992. Trade associations, together with a wide range of other bodies, have been given the opportunity to comment on the final drafts of guidance notes and these comments are considered when the guidance is finalised for publication.