Atmospheric pollution – commercial and industrial pollution
Dust can be generated from a variety of activities and may constitute a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The usual activities that can generate dust are earthmoving activities, in particular construction and demolition sites and certain industrial processes that handle materials or produce products that may give rise to dust. Some industrial activities are already regulated by the Local Authority Environmental Permitting Regime. Such activities are exempt from the statutory nuisance procedure, but are controlled by conditions issued in a permit granted under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulation 2010.
Where a statutory nuisance has been established by officers of the Public Protection Department, an Abatement Notice will be served upon the person responsible, or the owner or occupier of the premises requiring the nuisance to be abated. Failure to comply with an Abatement Notice is an offence and may result in legal proceedings being instigated.
If you wish to report a problem of dust nuisance from commercial or industrial sources please contact the Pollution Control Team.
Anonymous complaints will not normally be investigated.