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141 Power to prohibit or restrict the importation or exportation of waste.U.K.

(1)The Secretary of State may, for the purpose of preventing any risk of pollution of the environment or of harm to human health arising from waste being imported or exported or of conserving the facilities or resources for dealing with waste, make regulations prohibiting or restricting, or providing for the prohibition or restriction of—

(a)the importation into and the landing and unloading in the United Kingdom, or

(b)the exportation, or the loading for exportation, from the United Kingdom,

of waste of any description.

(2)Regulations under this section may make different provision for different descriptions of waste or waste of any description in different circumstances.

(3)Regulations under this section may, as respects any description of waste, confer or impose on waste regulation authorities or any of them such functions in relation to the importation of waste as appear to be appropriate to the Secretary of State, subject to such limitations and conditions as are specified in the regulations.

(4)Regulations under this section may confer or impose on waste regulation authorities or any of them functions of enforcing any of the regulations on behalf of the Secretary of State whether or not the functions fall within subsection (3) above.

(5)Regulations under this section may—

(a)as respects functions conferred or imposed on waste regulation authorities—

(i)make them exercisable in relation to individual consignments or consignments in a series by the same person but not in relation to consignments or descriptions of consignments generally; and

(ii)confer on the Secretary of State power, by direction to the authorities or any of them, to make the functions or any of them exercisable instead by him whether indefinitely or for any period;

(b)impose or provide for the imposition of prohibitions either absolutely or only if conditions or procedures prescribed in or under the regulations are not complied with;

(c)impose duties to be complied with before, on or after any importation or exportation of waste by persons who are, or are to be, consignors, consignees, carriers or holders of the waste or any waste derived from it;

(d)confer powers corresponding to those conferred by section 69(3) above;

(e)provide for appeals to the Secretary of State from determinations made by authorities under the regulations;

(f)provide for the keeping by the Secretary of State, waste regulation authorities and waste collection authorities of public registers of information relating to the importation and exportation of waste and for the transmission of such information between any of those persons;

(g)create offences, subject to the limitation that no offence shall be punishable with imprisonment for more than two years or punishable on summary conviction with imprisonment for more than six months or a fine exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (if not calculated on a daily basis) or, in the case of a continuing offence, [F1exceeding one-tenth of the level on the standard scale specified as the maximum penalty for the original offence.] [F1

(i)exceeding one-tenth of the level on the standard scale specified as the maximum penalty for the original offence, or

(ii)if there is no maximum penalty for the original offence, exceeding one-tenth of the greater of £5,000 or level 4 on the standard scale.]

(6)In this section—

  • the environment” means land, water and air or any of them;

  • harm” includes offence to any of man’s senses;

  • waste”, “waste collection authority”, and “waste regulation authority” have the same meaning as in Part II; and

  • the United Kingdom” includes its territorial sea.

(7)In the application of this section to Northern Ireland and the territorial sea of the United Kingdom adjacent to Northern Ireland “waste regulation authority” means [F2the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland].

Textual Amendments

F2Words in s. 141(7) substituted (N.I.) (27.11.2003 save for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 3 of the commencing S.R.) by S.I. 1997/2778 (N.I. 19), art. 83(1), Sch. 5 para. 5; S.R. 2003/489, art. 2, Sch.

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