Atmospheric pollution – commercial and industrial pollution
Complaints of this nature typically relate to smoke from the burning of waste on industrial or trade premises or from construction sites.
When smoke arising from a premises amounts to a statutory nuisance i.e. is prejudicial to health or is affecting the use or enjoyment of another premise, an abatement notice will be served by Bridgend County Borough Council under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The 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.
Dark or black smoke
It is a strict liability offence to emit dark or black smoke from industrial or trade premises under Section 2 of the Clean Air Act 1993. It is also an offence under Section 1 of the Act to emit dark or black smoke from a chimney on any industrial or trade premises. However, certain limited amounts of such emissions are permitted – for example during the starting of a boiler from cold.
It is also an absolute offence under section 33 of the Act to burn the coating off a cable in order to recover the metal core.
If you wish to report a problem of smoke nuisance from commercial or industrial sources please contact the Pollution Control Team.
Anonymous complaints will not normally be investigated.