Environment Agency: ESI - IPPC Habitats Directive Assessment
(2007)
JNCC Consultation 0726
Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Enclosed is JNCC's response to the appropriate assessments for the Electricity Supply Industry’s applications for PPC permits. Submitted on 13th June 2007.
 
 

Summary of key points

 
We remain fundamentally concerned about acidification impacts on sensitive ecosystems in the UK despite recent improvements in emissions.  A substantial proportion of habitats currently exceed the critical loads for acidification and this is predicted to continue in 2020.
 
Site Relevant Critical Loads, upon which the assessment is based, represent a significant refinement in applying critical loads to the site level. Similar approaches are being advanced in Europe.  We recognise that a number of uncertainties remain with this approach and that site specific approaches must be developed.  However, we do not believe that the uncertainties undermine their use in the appropriate assessments.
 
The conservation agencies' site condition assessment using Common Standards Monitoring is likely to under-report air pollution impacts.  A “favourable” assessment for a site should not be used as evidence of no air pollution impacts.
 
 
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Please cite as: JNCC Consultation 0726, (2007), Environment Agency: ESI - IPPC Habitats Directive Assessment, Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee