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Environmental quality and public health legislation in the UK is wide-ranging. It covers integrated pollution prevention and control, air quality and air pollution, waste management, litter, contaminated land, genetically modified organisms, statutory nuisances, noise, the destruction of pests, the prevention and control of disease and sewers and drains.

The main legislation includes the following:

* Control of Pollution Act 1974;
* Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978;
* Building Act 1984;
* Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984;
* Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989;
* Environmental Protection Act 1990;
* Water Industry Act 1991;
* Clean Air Act 1993;
* Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993;
* Environment Act 1995;
* Noise Act 1996;
* Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999;
* Water Act 2003;
* Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005;
* Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006;
* Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006;
* Climate Change Act 2008

Local legislation may apply in some areas.

03/04/2013: Poultry unit fined and ordered to pay costs of over GBP 50,000
Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard that smells from a poultry unit in Kirkby on Bain, Woodhall Spa, made nearby residents feel sick and depressed heard. Residents also said they had to often stay indoors to avoid the strong smells, were unable to have visitors around and suffered with dry throats.
Moy Park Ltd, the company responsible for the site, was convicted after a nine day trial to two charges of breaching its environmental permit conditions over 18 months and fined a total of £10,000. It was also ordered to pay Environment Agency costs of £42,500. District Judge Stobart said that Kirkby on Bain was an area famed for leisure facilities. Although Moy Park had made a genuine attempt to find a solution and since the reduction in the number of birds the position had improved marginally, the judge noted that for economic reasons Moy Park did not take this step initially but preferred to try to mask the smell while maximising profit.

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