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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…

EA investigations target waste soils

Recent Environment Agency investigations into the use of waste soils on construction sites have shown that many are unable to provide evidence to demonstrate their compliance with regulations. With the resulting greater scrutiny and a number of high profile court cases, do you need to review your procedures and documentation for managing waste soils? The…

Are you up to date with evolving Fire Prevention Plan guidance?

Wiser Environment looks at the development of Fire Prevention Plan guidance over the last twelve months. Whilst there have been no formal updates to the Environment Agency’s Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) Guidance since it was published on the 29th July 2016, the detail required within an FPP sufficient to achieve approval is constantly evolving. Approved…

Recruiting Senior Environmental Consultant

Wiser Environment is recruiting a Senior Consultant in Permitting and Safety to join our fast growing environmental consultancy. The Senior Consultant will provide expert advice to clients around environmental permitting and planning applications as well as health & safety. The successful candidate will manage the team, workload and projects to provide a high standard of…

Changing technical competence to store or treat Cats

If you store or treat catalytic converters you may need to extend your WAMITAB qualifications this year… The Environment Agency (EA) has clarified its position with regards the technical competence requirements for existing end of life vehicle dismantling, scrap metal recycling and catalytic converter recycling sites who are varying their permits to store or treat…

Recruiting self-employed waste management assessors

Wiser Training is searching for self-employed WAMITAB assessors to join our steadily growing team. Assessors will work alongside our in-house team on a freelance basis. We have a nationwide coverage so WAMITAB assessors from all areas will be considered. Travelling will be required. Interested individuals require TAQA or equipment, health & safety qualifications, waste management…