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2000 No. 340 (C. 8)

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

The Environment Act 1995 (Commencement No. 16 and Saving Provision) (England) Order 2000

Made

2nd February 2000

The Secretary of State, in exercise of his powers under section 125(3) and (4) of the Environment Act 1995(1), hereby makes the following Order:

Citation, extent and interpretation

1.  (1)  This Order may be cited as the Environment Act 1995 (Commencement No. 16 and Saving Provision) (England) Order 2000.

(2) The provisions of the Environment Act 1995 brought into force by this Order are brought into force for the purposes of their application to England only.

(3) In this Order—

“the 1995 Act” means the Environment Act 1995;

“the 1990 Act” means the Environmental Protection Act 1990(2).

Provisions coming into force on 1st April 2000

2.  The following provisions of the 1995 Act shall come into force on 1st April 2000—

(a)section 57 (in so far as not already in force);

(b)section 120(1) in so far as it relates to paragraphs 79, 89, 91 and 92 of Schedule 22; and

(c)section 120(3) in so far as it relates to the repeal in Schedule 24 of sections 61 and 143 of the 1990 Act.

Saving provision

3.  Where, before 1st April 2000,—

(a)an abatement notice has been served under section 80(1) of the 1990 Act; or

(b)a complaint has been made to a magistrates' court under section 82(1) of the 1990 Act or an order made under section 82(2) of that Act,

it, and any proceedings consequent upon any such notice, complaint or order, shall continue to have effect notwithstanding the amendments made to section 79 of the 1990 Act by paragraph 89 of Schedule 22 to the 1995 Act.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

Michael Meacher

Minister of State,

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

2nd February 2000

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order relates to England only.

Article 2 brings various provisions of the Environment Act 1995 into force on 1st April 2000.

Article 2(a) brings into force section 57 of the Environment Act 1995, which inserts a new Part IIA in the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Part IIA provides for a regime for the identification and remediation of contaminated land.

Article 2(b) brings into force section 120(1) of the 1995 Act in so far as it relates to the following paragraphs in Schedule 22—

(a)paragraph 79, which provides for section 61 of the 1990 Act (duty of waste regulation authorities as respects closed landfills) to cease to have effect;

(b)paragraph 89, which amends section 79 of the 1990 Act (statutory nuisances and inspections therefor);

(c)paragraph 91, which provides for section 143 of the 1990 Act (public registers of land which may be contaminated) to cease to have effect; and

(d)paragraph 92, which amends section 161(4) of the 1990 Act (regulations, orders and directions).

Article 2(c) brings into force section 120(3) of the 1995 Act in so far as it relates to the repeal in Schedule 24 of sections 61 and 143 of the 1990 Act.

Article 3 makes saving provision in connection with the commencement of paragraph 89 of Schedule 22 to the 1995 Act.

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Order)

The following provisions of the Environment Act 1995 have been brought into force by commencement orders made before the date of this Order.

ProvisionDate of commencementS.I. No.
Section 128.7.19951995/1983
Section 21.4.19961996/186
Section 3(1)1.4.19961996/186
Section 3(2) to (8)28.7.19951995/1983
Section 428.7.19951995/1983
Section 51.2.1996 and 1.4.19961996/186
Section 61.4.19961996/186
Section 728.7.19951995/1983
Section 81.4.19961996/186
Section 928.7.19951995/1983
Sections 10 and 111.4.19961996/186
Section 1228.7.19951995/1983
Sections 13 to 191.4.19961996/186
Sections 20 to 2312.10.19951995/2649
Sections 25 to 291.4.19961996/186
Sections 30 to 3212.10.19951995/2649
Sections 33 to 351.4.19961996/186
Section 3612.10.19951995/2649
Section 3728.7.1995 and 1.4.19961995/1983 and 1996/186
Sections 38 to 4028.7.19951995/1983
Section 4121.9.1995, 1.2.1996 and 1.4.19961995/1983 and 1996/186
Section 4221.9.19951995/1983
Sections 43 to 5228.7.19951995/1983
Sections 53 and 541.4.19961996/186
Section 551.2.1996 and 1.4.19961996/186
Section 5628.7.19951995/1983
Section 57 (partially)21.9.19951995/1983
Section 5821.9.1995 and 4.3.19981995/1983 and 1998/604
Section 5912.10.1995 and 1.1.19991995/2649 and 1998/3272
Section 601.7.1997 and 1.7.19981997/1626 and 1998/604
Section 78 and Schedule 10 (partially), with savings23.11.1995, 1.4.1996 and 1.4.19971995/2950 and 1996/2560
Section 801.2.19961996/186
Section 811.4.19961996/186
Sections 82 to 8623.12.19971997/3044
Sections 87 to 891.2.19961996/186
Section 90 and Schedule 111.2.1996 and 23.12.19971996/186 and 1997/3044
Section 911.2.19961996/186
Section 921.4.19961996/186
Sections 93 to 9521.9.19951995/1983
Section 96(1), (5) and (6) and Schedules 13 and 14 (England and Wales)1.11.19951995/2765
Section 96(1), (5) and (6) and Schedules 13 and 14 (Scotland)1.1.19971996/2857
Section 96(2)1.11.19951995/2765
Section 96(3)1.1.19971996/2857
Section 96(4) (partially)1.11.19951995/2765
Section 96(4) (partially) (Scotland)1.1.19971996/2857
Sections 97 to 10321.9.19951995/1983
Section 1041.4.19961996/186
Section 105 and Schedule 1521.9.1995, 1.2.1996, 1.4.1996 and 1.1.19991995/1983 and 1996/186
Sections 106 to 1141.4.19961996/186
Section 1151.4.19961995/2950 and 1996/186
Section 116 and Schedule 21 (partially)21.9.1995, 1.7.1997 and 8.4.19981995/1983, 1997/1626 and 1998/781
Section 1171.4.19961996/186
Section 118(1) to (3), (4) and (5) (partially) and (6)1.4.19961996/186
Section 1191.4.19961996/186
Section 120(1) and Schedule 22 (partially)21.9.1995, 12.10.1995, 1.2.1996, 1.4.1996, 21.11.1996, 31.12.1996, 23.12.1997, 1.4.1998, 16.3.1999, 1.4.1999 and 29.4.19991995/1983, 1995/2649, 1996/186, 1996/2909, 1997/3044, 1998/604, 1999/803 and 1999/1301
Section120(2) and Schedule 23 (partially)1.4.1996 and 1.1.19991995/1983 and 1996/186
Section 120(3) and Schedule 24 (partially)21.9.1995, 1.11.1995, 1.2.1996, 1.4.1996, 31.12.1996, 1.1.1997, 1.4.1997 and 1.1.19991995/1983, 1995/2765, 1996/186, 1996/2560, 1996/2857 and 1996/2909
Section 120(4) to (6)28.7.19951995/1983
Sections 121 to 12428.7.19951995/1983
Paragraph 7(2) of Schedule 71.4.19971996/2560
(1)

1995 c. 25. The functions of the Secretary of State under the 1995 Act in relation to Scotland were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46) and in relation to Wales were transferred in part by article 2 of and Schedule 1 to the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/672) (though the functions of the Secretary of State under section 125 of the 1995 Act are retained in relation to Wales, see article 2(e) of S.I. 1999/672).

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