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Government accepts that some waste regulations are unnecessary

Chancellor Gordon Brown has accepted that the regulatory burden associated with managing inert waste is 'unnecessary', it was revealed today.
The Chancellor has accepted the recommendations of the Davidson Review, a report by Lord Davidson published last week that examines the manner in which European legislation is implemented in the UK and where it is overimplemented.This includes a look at Britain's waste laws. The report found that the restoration of quarries in particular was adversely affected by rules on inert waste.The use of inert waste in quarry restoration is considered 'waste disposal' under UK regulations and producers of such wastes are more inclined to take the materials to disposal sites where regulation is less restrictive.Because of this, some quarry operators are finding that effective restoration is becoming increasingly difficult to carry out with inert wastes going elsewhere. The review states: '[The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs] and [the Environment Agency] should conduct a full review of the regulation of inert waste with the aim of adopting a more proportionate and risk-based regulatory landscape. As part of this review, stakeholders should be formally consulted by the end of 2007 on options for reform.'

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