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The Council has a legal responsibility to investigate nuisance complaints relating to air pollution under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  This can relate to emissions of smoke from bonfires, fumes, dust and odour.
 
For further information on domestic bonfires please follow this link.
 
The Council has a policy to try and resolve complaints about emissions from domestic premises by informal means in the first instance, but where a nuisance is established, a formal abatement notice would be served on the polluter, requiring them to stop the nuisance. In extreme cases, where the polluter fails to take heed of the notice, a prosecution can be taken out in the magistrates' court. If convicted, an individual can be fined up to a maximum of £5,000. Where the offence is committed on industrial, trade or business premises, the maximum fine is £20,000.
 
In addition certain types of smoke emission from industrial trade and business premises are controlled under the Clean Air Act 1993.
 
Additional Information is available at the Environmental Protection UK website (see below).
 
If you want information on present air quality near where you live, please visit the Air Quality Archive website (see below).
 
The Environment Agency provides useful information about many different pollution issues near your home at its site, What's in your Backyard (see below)
 
General Information on Air Pollution and what it means to your health can be found at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (see below)

 

The causes of winter and summer smog are available in leaflet form at the DETR website (see below).

 

How to Access this Service

Residents can contact the Pollution Control Team at the following address:

 

Environmental Protection Services
South Staffordshire Council
Council Offices

Wolverhampton Road
Codsall
South Staffordshire
WV8 1PX

 

Please contact a member of staff for specific enquiries. The links below may provide information on general enquiries.

 

To contact a member of staff by telephone or email, please see the details below. Alternatively, complete the online Pollution Control Form (see link below).

Costs

There are no associated costs for requesting information or making a complaint concerning air pollution.

Service Standards
We have adopted a set of standards for the provision of this service. You can find out more about these service standards by following the link below.
Links

Pollution Complaint Form

 

Internal Link: Domestic Bonfires

 

External Link: Environmental Protection UK

External Link: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

External Link: Environment Agency - What's in your Backyard?

External Link: Air Quality Regulations (England) 2000

External Link: Causes of winter and summer smog

 

Main Contact

Environmental Protection - Air
Telephone: (01902) 696000

Fax: (01902) 696222
Email: envprotection@sstaffs.gov.uk

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