§ Mr. Levitt
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what environmental controls are applicable to the process of rendering animal carcases; and which organisation is responsible for them. 
§ Mr. Hill
Animal rendering plants are regulated by local authorities under the air pollution control regime established by Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Where aqueous discharges arise the discharges are regulated by the Environment Agency under the Water Resources Act 1991.
Animal rendering plants will be subject to integrated pollution control under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 when it applies as set out in the draft Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000. It is envisaged under the regulations that local authorities will be the regulators, subject to the Environment Agency having power to specify emission limit values or conditions to prevent or reduce emissions into water.