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EA fees expected to rise significantly following SRoC

The Environment Agency has indicated that its fees may rise significantly to reflect the true cost of delivering its services following the recently undertaken Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC). Wiser Environment reported this summer that the Environment Agency (EA) was undertaking an SRoC which was likely to result in increased charges including around the assessment…

Recruiting two Senior Environmental Consultants

Wiser Environment is recruiting two Senior Consultants to join our close-knit team. Senior Consultant in Permitting & Safety The Senior Consultant in Permitting & Safety and will provide expert advice to clients around environmental permitting and planning applications as well as health & safety. The successful candidate will be responsible for: Ensuring the production of…

Trio builds Wiser team

The Wiser Group team has expanded by three in the last month with the addition of Andrea Petrolati, Emma Ellams and Oliver Hirst. Andrea has joined Wiser Environment to support our growing portfolio of work in environmental, health and safety, energy and quality management systems. He also becomes the lead contact for Wiser Environment in…

Directors complete Summer of Challenges

Last weekend, the last event in the Summer of Challenges was completed in the Transylvanian Carpathian Mountains by directors Russell and Dominic Hirst with their brother Adam. The trio took a three day mountain bike tour in the Bucegi & Piatra Craiului Mountains covering 110km of off road mountain trails and 3,500m of climbing in…

Are you on track to transition to the new ISO standards?

In less than twelve months, those holding certification of the ISO standards for quality (ISO9001) and environmental management systems (ISO14001) need to have completed transition to the 2015 version of those standards. Are you prepared? In September 2015, new versions of the most popular international standards were published. ISO 9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 replace previous editions…

The whys and wherefores of air dispersion modelling

Have you ever tried to understand or explain the need for air dispersion modelling? Wiser Environment has written a short guide looking at the whys and wherefores of air dispersion modelling (ADM). ‘Five things you need to know about ADM’ looks at who needs air dispersion modelling and when they might need it, what it…

HSE to make unannounced inspections

The HSE has announced that as from next week it will start conducting unannounced inspections to waste and recycling facilities. The announcement follows publication last week of the HSEs sector specific plans to improve the health & safety record of 19 industries including waste and recycling, agriculture, manufacturing and construction. Waste and recycling has been…

Illegal disposal of waste made taxable

As part of a crackdown on illegally disposed of waste, HMRC has announced that illegal operators will have to pay landfill tax. The government estimates that there are around 600 sites operating illegally across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From 1st April 2018, these sites will not only be shut down but will be liable…

Breached exemption on soils and stones results in fine from EA

Earlier this month, Wiser Environment reported on the EA’s investigations into the use of waste soils on construction sites which showed that many are unable to provide evidence to demonstrate their compliance with regulations. The investigations have resulted in greater scrutiny and a number of high profile court cases with significant fines. Just this month,…

EA charging review may limit provision of free advice

Wiser Environment understands that the Environment Agency has commenced a wide-ranging review of its charging regime which may limit their provision of free advice. Driven by the Cabinet Office’s Regulatory Futures Review, the Environment Agency (EA) is undertaking a Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC). Whilst this is likely to be formally consulted on later this…