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Information about atmospheric pollutionN.I.

Research and publicityN.I.

57.—(1) A district council may—

(a)undertake, or contribute towards the cost of, investigation and research relevant to the problem of air pollution; and

(b)arrange for the publication of information on that problem.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (1), district councils may obtain information about the emission of pollutants and other substances into the air—

(a)by issuing notices under Article 58; and

(b)by measuring and recording the emissions, and for that purpose entering on any premises, whether by agreement or in exercise of the power conferred by section 98 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 [1972 c.9] ; and

(c)by entering into arrangements with occupiers of premises under which they measure and record emissions on behalf of the district council;

so, however, that references to premises in sub-paragraphs ( b) and ( c) do not include private dwellings.

(3) A district council shall not exercise the power mentioned in paragraph (2)( b) for the purpose of measuring and recording such emissions on any premises unless—

(a)the council has given to the occupier of the premises a notice—

(i)specifying the kind of emissions in question and the steps it proposes to take on the premises for the purpose of measuring and recording emissions of that kind, and

(ii)stating that it proposes to exercise that power for that purpose unless the occupier makes a request to the council under this paragraph; and

(b)the period of twenty-one days beginning with the date on which the notice was given has expired,

and shall not exercise that power in consequence of the notice if during that period the occupier gives a notice to the council requesting it to serve on him a notice under Article 58 with respect to the emissions.

(4) Nothing in this Article shall authorise a district council to investigate emissions from any[F1 activity subject to regulations under Article 4 of the Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 or any][F2 process subject to the Industrial Pollution Control Order or] work subject to the Alkali Act otherwise than by issuing notices under Article 58, or by exercising the powers conferred on the council by paragraph (1)( a) of this Article without entering the work.

(5) In acting under paragraph (1)( b), a district council shall ensure that the material published is presented in such a way that no information relating to a trade secret is disclosed, except with the consent in writing of a person authorised to disclose itF2. . . .

(6) Breach of a duty imposed by paragraph (5) shall be actionable; but in any proceedings, whether civil or criminal, brought against a district council, or any member or officer of a district council, on the grounds that any information has been published, it shall be a defence to show that it was published in compliance with this Article.

(7) Paragraph (6) applies in particular to any proceedings brought under [F3 Article 36 of the Clean Air (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 [1972 c.9] ] (which makes it an offence to disclose information relating to any trade secret).

(8) So long as a district council exercises any of its powers under paragraph (2), it shall consult such persons carrying on any trade or business in the council's district, or such organisations appearing to the council to be representative of those persons, and such persons appearing to the council to be conversant with problems of air pollution or to have an interest in local amenity as appear to the council to be appropriate—

(a)about the way in which the district council exercises its powers under this Article and Article 58; and

(b)about the extent to which, and the manner in which, any information collected under those powers should be made available to the public.

(9) The consultations shall take place not less than twice in each financial year.

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Notices requiring information about air pollutionN.I.

58.—(1) A district council may by notice require the occupier of any premises in its district to furnish, whether by periodical returns or by other means, such estimates or other information as may be specified or described in the notice concerning the emission of pollutants and other substances into the air from the premises.

(2) This Article shall not apply to premises in so far as they consist of a private dwelling.

[F4(2AA) If the notice relates to an installation or plant subject to regulations under Article 4 of the Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, the person on whom the notice is served shall not be obliged to supply any information which, as certified by an inspector appointed under those regulations, is not of a kind which is being supplied to the inspector for the purposes of those regulations.]

[F5F6(2A) If the notice relates to a process subject to the Industrial Pollution Control Order, the person on whom the notice is served shall not be obliged to supply any information which, as certified by an inspector appointed under that Order, is not of a kind which is being supplied to the inspector for the purposes of that Order.]

F7(3) If the notice relates to a work subject to the Alkali Act, the person on whom the notice is served shall not be obliged to supply any information which, as certified by an inspector appointed under that Act, is not of a kind which is being supplied to the inspector for the purposes of that Act.

(4) The person on whom a notice is served under this section shall comply with the notice within six weeks of the date of service, or within such longer period as the district council may by notice allow.

(5) A notice under this Article shall not require returns at intervals of less than three months, and no one notice (whether or not requiring periodical returns) shall call for information covering a period of more than twelve months.

(6) Except so far as regulations provide otherwise, this Article shall apply to premises used for, and to persons in, the public service of the Crown as it applies to other premises and persons; but a district council shall not be entitled under this paragraph to exercise, in relation to premises used for and persons in that service, any power conferred on the council under section 98 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 [1981 NI 4] or Article 72.

(7) A person who—

(a)fails without reasonable excuse to comply with the requirements of a notice served on him under this Article; or

(b)in furnishing any estimate or other information in compliance with a notice under this Article, makes any statement which he knows to be false in a material particular or recklessly makes any statement which is false in a material particular.

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding[F8 level 5 on the standard scale].

(8) Where a person is convicted of an offence under paragraph (7) in respect of any premises and information of any kind, nothing in Article 57(3) shall prevent a district council from exercising the power of entry there mentioned for the purpose of obtaining information of that kind in respect of the premises.

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F6prosp. rep. by 2002 NI 7

F7prosp. rep. by 1997 NI 18

Appeals against noticesN.I.

59.—(1) A person served with a notice under Article 58, or any other person having an interest in the premises to which the notices relates, may appeal to the Department—

(a)on the ground that the giving to the council or the disclosure to the public of all or part of the information required by the notice would—

(i)prejudice to an unreasonable degree some private interest by disclosing information about a trade secret, or

(ii)be contrary to the public interest, or

(b)on the ground that the information required by the notice is not immediately available and cannot readily be collected or obtained by the recipient of the notice without incurring undue expenditure for the purpose.

(2) If the Department allows the appeal it may direct the district council to withdraw or modify the notice, or to take such steps as may be specified by the Department to ensure that prejudicial information is not disclosed to the public; and the district council shall comply with the direction.

(3) Regulations may make provision as to appeals under this Article, including provision about the time for bringing an appeal and the circumstances in which all or any part of the appellant's case is to be withheld from the respondent; but the Department before making any regulations under this paragraph shall consult such persons appearing to the Department—

(a)to represent district councils;

(b)to represent industrial interests; and

(c)to be conversant with problems of air pollution;

as the Department considers appropriate.

Regulations about research and publicityN.I.

60.—(1) Regulations shall prescribe the manner in which, and the methods by which, district councils are to perform their functions under Articles 57 and 58.

(2) The Department, before making regulations under this Article, shall consult such persons appearing to the Department—

(a)to represent district councils;

(b)to represent industrial interests; and

(c)to be conversant with problems of air pollution;

as the Department considers appropriate.

(3) Regulations under this Article may in particular—

(a)prescribe the kinds of emissions to which notices under Article 58 may relate;

(b)prescribe the kinds of information which may be required by those notices;

(c)prescribe the manner in which any such notice is to be given, and the evidence which is to be sufficient evidence of its having been given, and of its contents and authenticity;

(d)require each district council to maintain in a prescribed form a register containing—

(i)information obtained by the council under Article 57(2) other than information as to which a direction under Article 59(2) provides that the information is not to be disclosed to the public; and

(ii)such information (if any) as the Department may determine, or as may be determined by or under regulations, with respect to any appeal under Article 59 which was against a notice served by the council and which the Department did not dismiss;

(e)specify the circumstances in which district councils may enter into arrangements with owners or occupiers of premises under which they will record and measure emissions on behalf of the district councils;

(f)specify the kinds of apparatus which district councils are to have power to provide and use for measuring and recording emissions, and for other purposes.

(4) Regulations under paragraph (3)( b) may in particular require returns of—

(a)the total volume of gases, whether pollutant or not, discharged from the premises in question over any period;

(b)the concentration of pollutant in the gases discharged;

(c)the total of the pollutant discharged over any period;

(d)the height or heights at which discharges take place;

(e)the hours during which discharges take place;

(f)the concentration of pollutants at ground level.

(5) A register maintained by a district council under regulations made under paragraph (3)( d) shall be open to public inspection at the principal office of the council free of charge at all reasonable hours, and the council shall afford members of the public reasonable facilities for obtaining from the authority, on payment of reasonable charges, copies of entries in the register.

Provision by district councils of information for the DepartmentN.I.

61.—(1) The Department may, for the purpose of obtaining information about air pollutants, direct a district council to make such arrangements as may be specified in the direction—

(a)for the provision, installation, operation and maintenance by the district council of apparatus for measuring and recording air pollution; and

(b)for transmitting the information so obtained to the Department.

(2) Where apparatus is provided under a direction under paragraph (1) the Department shall defray the whole of the capital expenditure incurred by a district council in providing and installing the apparatus.

(3) Before giving a direction under paragraph (1) the Department shall consult the district council, and the district council shall comply with any direction given under that paragraph.

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