HC Deb 04 March 2003 vol 400 cc894-5W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the industries and activities which have moved(a) from a Part B process to a Part A process and (b) from a Part A to a Part B process, under the IPPC Regulations since the Climate Change Levy was introduced, providing reasons for changes which have taken place. [99237]

Mr. Meacher

The Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, came into force on 1 April 2001, the same date as the Climate Change Levy. The Amendment Regulations provided for certain activities listed in Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 to be moved from one section or part of a section to another in order to ensure that they were subjected to appropriate regulation.

The Amendment Regulations transferred three industry sectors from Part B to Part A(2):

  1. (i) composite wood-based board manufacture: plant manufacturing wood particleboard, oriented strand board, wood fibreboard, plywood, and any other composite wood-based board, as well as the manufacture of cellulose fibre reinforced calcium silicate board using unbleached pulp;
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  3. (ii) grinding of metallurgical slag (where not part of an A(1) installation) and where the installation has an annual grinding capacity of more than 250,000 tonnes; and
  4. (iii) large plant manufacturing new rubber tyres: installations which use, in any 12-month period, 50,000 tonnes or more of natural rubber, synthetic elastomers, and other substances mixed with them.

The intention of these transfers was to secure environmental benefits from the control of a wider range of environmental impacts, compared with control of only air emissions under Part B.

There have been no transfers of activities from Part A(2) to Part B.

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