At frequent environmental meetings the importance of close communication between careful planning of environmental strategy associated with any new industrial development has been stressed (Appelbee & Johnston, 1978). Particularly crucial is the inclusion of all key environmental criteria at the initial planning/design phases, involving a close interaction between design engineers and environmental staff. It is equally important that this communication develops into a real understanding, a sympathy, which is maintained throughout the development. Not only will this minimise (and often totally remove) any barriers and conflicts associated with environmental matters, features so common in many US developments, it will lead to improved design and operation of plant.

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