The Clean Air Act 1993 consolidated the 1956 and 1968 Clean Air Acts along with other associated clean air legislation. The 1956 and 1968 Acts were introduced to deal with the smogs of the 1950's and 1960's caused by widespread burning of coal for domestic heating and industry. The 1993 Act aims to protect both the environment and the quality of the air that we breathe.
In general, Clean Air Act 1993 provisons are applied and supervised by local authorities. Examples of such provisions are:
the designation and supervision of smoke control areas. This includes the control of smoke emissions from the chimneys of buildings and constraints on the types of appliances and fuels which can be used in such areas, and
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