Tuesday April 23, 2019

Planning and Environmental Consultants

Environmental Permits

The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 saw PPC permits and Waste Management Licences (WMLs) automatically became environmental permits on 6 April 2008. The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 more recently reviewed the permitting regulations and the activities which fall within their remit. Significant reductions in the number and size of exempt operations means a transitional phase in the implementation of the latest regulations is still underway.

Environmental permitting is a ‘minefield’ with a vast expanse of regulation and guidance. However, it is successfully navigated with a comprehensive closed cycle approach that is reflected in the achieved Permit and correspondingly, operational performance. Forethought and care is paramount to minimise determination delay and future variation requirements. Topical at present are the businesses and activities that where once exempt or which hold Permits that are subject to review. Our Matrix is currently highlighting the exemptions that are under review and the available Permit options that could be pursued.

Local Authorities oversee Part B processes though Permits are principally administered by the Environment Agency. There are two types of permits, Standard and Bespoke, which have typical ranges of Conditions otherwise known as Rules. Standard permits that can comprise of more than one set of rules, are available for numerous activities with given sets of parameters and volume or operating capacity. Bespoke permits are deemed necessary for an increasing number of regulated facilities.

Environmental Permits are issued under subdivisions of the main Sector headings:

  1. Combustion activities
  2. Production and Processing of Metals
  3. Mineral Industries
  4. The Chemical Industry
  5. Waste Management
  6. Other Activities (inc. those associated with Timber, Food and Intensive Farming)
  7. SED Activities (governed by solvent consumption thresholds)

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Permits and the applications
themselves consider:

  • Inputs
  • Operations
  • Emissions
  • Prevention and mitigation
  • Protection and monitoring
  • Management techniques and systems
  • Energy efficiency
  • Best Available Techniques
  • Environmental risk
  • Accident management
  • Site Condition, and
  • Operational site appraisal

The IPPC Directive requires Best Available Techniques (BAT) to be employed and where indicative BAT’s are not specified or the operator chooses to use an alternative measure, then this should be explained on the basis of costs and benefits, and an Environmental Risk Assessment.

Improving the efficient use of energy, raw materials and water for financial benefit is a very sensible operating practice. However, the IPPC Directive requires Part A activities to specifically address the efficient use of these commodities in permit related documentation.

Activities, Installations and Mobile Plant are authorized under Environmental Permits. ACT can prepare and manage your Bespoke, Standard Rules, Part B permits or we can guide and support your own submission process in a step by step manner using proven application approaches and templates. ACT has a meticulous approach to permitting, which continues to deliver operational and economic benefits to our clients.

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