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Smoke

Smoke arises from industrial and commercial chimneys and bonfires. Over the past 30 years there have been continual improvements in air quality which can be directly related to smoke control.

Industrial and commercial boilers and incinerators are subject to strict controls under the Clean Air Act 1993. These relate to the type and nature of fuel being burned, the operation of the boiler or incinerator, the treatment of the waste gases and the construction of the flue. It is now possible to operate these processes without causing any smoke, except at certain times such as start-up.

 

Occasionally, developers on a building site will burn waste rather than recycle and re-use the waste material.  While this may appear unreasonable, it is not an offence in principle unless the smoke is judged to be a statutory nuisance or there has been a condition imposed during the planning consultation stage that prevents bonfires being lit.

 

If you have a complaint about smoke from an industrial premises or building site, please contact us for further information.

 

Further information can be found by following the links below:

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

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Here you will find information on environmental and planning issues. This section provides a wealth of information including details on how to make or enquire about a planning application, rubbish, waste and recycling information.

 


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