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Environmental Protection (Airports) Bill


 

Environmental Protection (Airports) Bill

 

 
 

Contents

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Airport Environment Watchdog

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Duty of Airport Environment Watchdog

3   

Provision of information by airport owner

4   

Annual report by Airport Environment Watchdog

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Recommendations in respect of individual airports

6   

Investigations by Airport Environment Watchdog

7   

Expenses

8   

Interpretation

9   

Regulations

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Short title, commencement and extent

 

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Environmental Protection (Airports) Bill

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A

Bill

To

promote the protection of the environment near airports; to establish a body to

monitor the environmental impact of airports and to report on levels of

pollution; to confer certain powers on that body; and for connected purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Airport Environment Watchdog

(1)   

There is to be a body corporate called the Airport Environment Watchdog.

(2)   

The members of the Airport Environment Watchdog are to be appointed by the

Secretary of State.

(3)   

The Secretary of State may by regulations make further provision about the

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Airport Environment Watchdog.

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Duty of Airport Environment Watchdog

(1)   

It shall be the duty of the Airport Environment Watchdog to monitor the

environmental impact of the operation of all airports in England and Wales.

(2)   

In furtherance of the duty set out in subsection (1), the Airport Environment

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Watchdog may—

(a)   

review the adequacy of the procedures and controls in place at each

airport for managing, controlling and monitoring the environmental

impact of the airport;

(b)   

review the adequacy and robustness of the procedures and controls in

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place at each airport for enabling interested parties to measure the

environmental impact of the airport and communicate that impact to a

wider audience;

(c)   

require additional information from the owner of an airport where it is

necessary to do so in order to report on the environmental impact of the

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airport.

 

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Provision of information by airport owner

The owner of any airport must provide the Airport Environment Watchdog

with any information it may reasonably require relating to the environmental

impact of the airport.

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Annual report by Airport Environment Watchdog

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(1)   

Each calendar year the Airport Environment Watchdog must review the

matters listed in subsection (2) and make a report on them.

(2)   

Those matters are—

(a)   

the environmental impact of the operation of airports generally;

(b)   

the adequacy of the procedures and controls in place at each airport for

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managing, controlling and monitoring the environmental impact of the

airport;

(c)   

the adequacy and robustness of the procedures and controls in place at

each airport for enabling interested parties to measure the

environmental impact of the airport and communicate that impact to a

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wider audience.

(3)   

The Airport Environment Watchdog must—

(a)   

publish its annual report, and

(b)   

send a copy to the Secretary of State.

(4)   

The Secretary of State must publish a response to each annual report.

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5       

Recommendations in respect of individual airports

(1)   

Having carried out the review to which section 4(1) refers, the Airport

Environment Watchdog may make such recommendations in respect of

individual airports as it considers necessary.

(2)   

If the owner of an airport unreasonably ignores any recommendations made in

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pursuance of subsection (1), the Airport Environment Watchdog may take

such action as it considers appropriate, which may include the imposition of a

fine.

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Investigations by Airport Environment Watchdog

(1)   

The Airport Environment Watchdog may carry out an investigation into any

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matter relating to the environmental impact of airports which has been raised

with it by a local authority or any other organisation or individual.

(2)   

In the case of any investigation conducted in pursuance of subsection (1), the

Airport Environment Watchdog may—

(a)   

publish a report on the outcome of the investigation; and

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(b)   

make such recommendations in respect of individual airports as it

considers necessary.

(3)   

If the owner of an airport unreasonably ignores any recommendations made in

pursuance of subsection (2)(b), the Airport Environment Watchdog may take

such action as it considers appropriate, which may include the imposition of a

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fine.

 
 

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Expenses

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any expenses of the Secretary

of State under the Act.

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Interpretation

(1)   

In this Act—

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“air pollution” means pollution caused by nitrogen oxide, nitrogen

dioxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and any similar

pollutant;

“airport” means any airport designated by virtue of section 35 of the Civil

Aviation Act 1982;

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“airport-related noise levels” includes the associated noise generated by

the airport measured in decibels and the hours per day in which the

noise is experienced;

“atmospheric pollution” means pollution caused by carbon dioxide

emissions;

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“environmental impact” means the impact of all of the following which

result directly from the operation of the airport—

(a)   

airport-related noise levels in the vicinity of the airport ;

(b)   

atmospheric pollution impacts;

(c)   

air pollution.

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Regulations

(1)   

The Secretary of State may by regulations make such supplementary provision

as appears appropriate in consequence of, or otherwise in connection with, this

Act.

(2)   

Regulations under this Act are to be made by statutory instrument.

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(3)   

Regulations under this Act are subject to annulment in pursuance of a

resolution of either House of Parliament.

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Short title, commencement and extent

(1)   

This Act may be cited as the Environmental Protection (Airports) Act 2008.

(2)   

This Act comes into force two months from the date on which it is passed.

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(3)   

This Act extends to England and Wales only.

 
 

 

 
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