Tuesday September 29, 2020

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Environmental Permits

Environmental Permits - Bespoke Permits - Standard Rules Permits - A2's - Part B Permits - and SWIP's - expert advice, template submissions, successful quick turnaround to the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2013. Enquire today by calling us on 01661 886067.

Activities, Installations and Mobile Plant are authorised or registered as exempt from Environmental Permits under the Environmental permitting Regulations, the latest amended version in England and Wales having come into force 27th February 2013. The new regulations have an impact across the industrial sectors and see the enactment of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). Significant savings can be made with the correct permit applications, appropriate conditions and compliance requirements.

Environmental permitting is a ‘minefield’ with a vast expanse of ever changing 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 matters at present include the diverse approach and enforcement of hazardous waste, emissions monitoring and what is "reasonable" and the implications of the IED.

Local Authorities oversee A2's, Part B processes and SWIP's though Bespoke and Standard Rules Permits are administered by the Environment Agency. Standard and Bespoke, have typical ranges of Conditions otherwise known as Rules. Standard permits can comprise of more than one set of rules and 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 and are often linked with directly associated activitites.

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, A2's Part B permits and SWIP's. ACT has a meticulous approach to permitting, which continues to deliver operational and economic benefits to our clients.

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