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The PPC (Scotland) Regulations 2000 mean that more sectors of industry will come under regulatory control than they have in the past under Parts I and II of the Environment Protection Act.For example, the new Regulations apply to intensive pig and poultry production and various food and drink processes.The IPPC Directive was issued in 1996 and is a more ‘holistic’ approach to dealing with pollution control.When someone applies for a permit under the new Regulations they will have to show that they are using BAT (Best Available Techniques), and if not, inform SEPA of a timetable for updating their processes.

First Property InspectionA phase-in period from April 2001 to December 2006 has been allocated for implementing the Regulations, by which time all existing installations will have had to make their application for a permit.Pulp and paper is the first sector of industry to be subject to the new Regulations, and their applications have to be in between 1 April and 30 June 2001.SEPA’s IPPC staff have been working closely with the sector, Building and Pest Inspections Adelaide running a series of workshops – Papermill Environment Group Scotland (PEGS) – the aim of which was to give installations advice as to what should be included in a permit application, and run through some of the new issues.

SEPA will review the success of PEGS and look to set up something similar with the other main sectors, such as food and drink, and run these workshops a year before the applications are due in.A practical guide giving guidance on the content of the Regulations and what they mean, along with the first guidance for paper and pulp, is available on SEPA’s website.

The introduction of a flock of sheep to keep down unwanted scrub on Culloden moor produced some staggering results.The sheep guzzled on the shoots of new broom and gorse plants as if they were going out of fashion.The staff at the National Trust for Scotland site at first thought that the sheep were ill as they began to stagger under the effects of the alcohol, but a shepherd called in to give advice spotted what was happening right away.

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