(This note is not part of the Regulations)
Section 57 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 confers on the Secretary of State a power to direct that waste be accepted, treated, disposed of or delivered. A person convicted of failing to comply with a section 57 direction without reasonable excuse is liable to a fine of up to £5000.
The Waste (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (England) Regulations 2001 (`the earlier regulations') added to the types of waste which might be covered by a section 57 direction. The types added were certain wastes resulting from measures taken to deal with foot-and-mouth disease. This extension of the types of waste which might be covered by a section 57 direction had effect in every county area of England except Greater London, the Isle of Wight and Bristol. The earlier regulations provided that a person would not be guilty of a criminal offence under certain provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Water Resources Act 1991 by reason only of anything necessarily done or omitted to comply with a section 57 direction.
These regulations amend the earlier regulations so that they will cease to have effect on 13th April 2002 (instead of on 13th October 2001).