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RMI backs VOC rule change

Changes in the regulations governing the way bodyshops deal with dangerous chemicals have been welcomed by the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI).

Revisions to the Environmental Protection Act PG6/34 (97) will see the one tonne threshold on the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that a bodyshop can produce before declaring it to the local authority reduced to half a tonne. The changes will begin in phases, with a final deadline of 31 October, 2007.

Bob Hood, RMI bodyshop director says: “This is a positive move for the sector. As more and more businesses register, it will put pressure on those working on the fringes to come into line, or cease trading.”

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