The Clean Air Act, 1993, introduced a wide range of new regulations such as those which control smoke emissions and the height of chimneys and those relating to the content and composition of motor fuels.

Under the Clean Air Act 1993 it is an offence to produce dark or black smoke from an industrial or trade premise. If you are considering burning material (including site clearance, demolition or construction) you must not produce dark or black smoke.

If you are planning to burn controlled waste you should consult with the Local Authority and the Environment Agency Wales first..

Do not burn controlled waste without prior consent.

Under Section 33 of the Clean Air Act 1993 it is an offence to burn insulation from cable in the attempt of recovering the metal unless the activity is permitted under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999

The control of furnaces and chimney heights enables local authorities to take into account a number of relevant factors in determining the height of a chimney.

Under the Act, any new furnace or alteration of an existing furnace or alteration of a building attached to a furnace must have prior approval from the local authority.

Furnaces, which fall in the categories below, may have to be fitted out to prevent the excess emission of grit and dust.

  • burn pulverised fuel
  • burn at a rate of 45.4 kg or more an hour any other solid matter or
  • burn at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kW or more any liquid or gaseous matter

The local authority must approve such abatement. The local authority has 8 weeks to determine if the abatement meets approval or requires rejection.

  • Any chimney fitted to a furnace which falls into one of the categories above must have the height of the chimney approved by the local authority and any conditions attached to approval adhered to,

An application for furnace abatement or chimney height approval must contain adequate information to enable the necessary calculations to be carried out.

The local authority must consider an application for approval for chimney height for a furnace and give a written decision within 28 days of receipt, unless it is agreed in writing between us and the applicant that a longer period is allowed. If we fail to deal with the application within this time period, then approval without qualification is given.

Any application for a furnace or chimney height should be considered in relation to the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999

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