A-Z of the Environment: Covering the Scientific, Economic, by Jeremy W. Stranks

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Air pollution Carbon monoxide Chlorine Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2006 Copper Environmental monitoring in the workplace Ferrous metals Grit, dust and fumes Heavy metal pollution Lead and lead poisoning Respiratory diseases Sulphur oxides Air pollution Air pollution arises when harmful substances, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and lead are discharged to the atmosphere. Pollution may take the form of smoke, gases, fumes and dust from a variety of sources, such as ventilation systems, combustion of fuels, incineration of wastes and as a result of certain processes.

Thus, a Magistrates’ Court may act under this Section on complaint made by any person on the ground that he is aggrieved by the existence of a statutory nuisance. Where the court is satisfied that the alleged nuisance exists, or that, 4 THE A-Z OF THE ENVIRONMENT although abated, it is likely to recur on the same premises, the court may make an Order (Abatement Order) for either or both of the following purposes: (a) requiring the defendant to abate the nuisance, within a time specified in the Order, and execute any works necessary for that purpose; (b) prohibiting a recurrence of the nuisance and requiring the defendant, within a time specified in that Order, to execute any works necessary to prevent the recurrence, and may also impose on the defendant a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

Authorised discharges Consents: controlled waters Controlled waters National Rivers Authority Water Resources Act 1991 Authorised discharges Any discharges made into controlled waters which are in compliance with conditions set down by either the NRA or Environment Agency. Any discharges made under and in accordance with: (a) a Waste Management Licence granted under Part II of the EPA; there is an exception, however, where the offence is of discharging trade or sewage effluent or where a prohibition is in force; (c) a licence granted under Part II of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 authorising the deposit of waste at sea; (d) Section 163 of the Water Resources Act 1991 or Section 165 of the Water Industry Act 1991 concerned with discharges for works purposes; (e) any local statutory provision or statutory order which expressly confers power to discharge effluent into water; and (f) any prescribed enactment.

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