A Guide to the Environmental Protection Act 1990

  • Price: £3.60
  • Published: March 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes provision for the improved control of pollution to the air, water and land by regulating the management of waste and the control of emissions. Key provisions of the Act impose a duty of care on any business or person who produces, carries, keeps, treats, disposes of or imports controlled waste to do so safely. The Act also contains provisions addressing statutory nuisances, litter and the control of genetically modified organisms and certain other substances.

Since the Act was passed, several provisions have been replaced or repealed by subsequent environmental legislation, which should therefore be considered in conjunction with the Act. The Act applies in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland, the main provisions of the Act are contained in the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, although there is additional legislation which also needs to be considered.

This factsheet explains what the Act covers, who it applies to, what obligations it imposes on business owners and how those obligations can be met. It also provides hints and tips and sources of further information.

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