Statement: EC officials have ruled that Grimsby’s fishy smell is polluting the air. An EC Directive obliges the smell to be confined within the relevant fish processing plant’s premises.
Source: Press Association (5 January 1994), Daily Star, The Sun, The Times (7 January 1994)
Response: This is nonsense. There is absolutely no EC legislation which obliges Britain or any other EC Member State to stop smells from fish processing.
This relevant legislation is the UK’s 1990 Environmental Protection Act. Part 1 of this Act seeks to control air pollution from a number of industrial processes. Local authorities are responsible for issuing the permits to control air pollution from some of these processes and local enforcement of this requirement appears to at the origin of this particular story.