IED extends permitting requirements for waste sites

The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) has extended the permitting requirements for many waste sites making them subject to tighter controls.

Transposed by amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR), the IED has wide reaching effects on various sites and facilities which were previously permitted as waste operations. The amended EPR Regulations identify a number of waste operations that are now considered ‘newly prescribed activities’ and therefore must be permitted as installations.

The Environment Agency (EA) is responsible for ensuring that facilities vary their permits to meet the requirements of the IED. Sites that are potentially covered by the changes should have been contacted by the EA earlier this year.

Wiser Environment has been assisting a number of clients to prepare for this change to the regulations. We have engaged with clients and the EA to establish the strategy on a site specific basis to ensure permits are varied to correctly reflect the activities now deemed as requiring an installation permit.

If you think you are affected by these changes to the EPR regulations and would like assistance, please contact us on 01480 462 232.

Fire control guidance likely to affect waste storage

WISH and the ESA are currently consulting on draft fire control guidance that is likely to have significant implications on how waste management companies store and handle waste materials.

The guidance has been developed by a cross-industry group with input from the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and major insurers following a spate of recent fires across the waste industry.

Comprehensive in its approach, the document addresses handling, treatment and internal and external storage of waste including bunker capacity, stack size and separation distances. It covers any waste that poses a fire risk including paper, plastic, rubber, refuse derived fuel and waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Charles Thomas, Senior Consultant, Wiser Environment says: “This guidance will have far reaching implications to sites that store 50 cubic metres of material or more at any one time. Whilst it is not statutory guidance, it will undoubtedly be used by regulators and insurers so we advise our clients to review the document and understand the implications for their businesses.”

The consultation by Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) and Environmental Services Association (ESA) closes on Friday 25th July. For more information and to find out how to contribute, visit the ESA website.

To discuss how this may affect your business, please call Charles on 01480 462 232.




Grimsby Renewable Power Facility granted planning permission

Grimsby Renewable Power Facility was granted planning permission by North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC), on 14th May 2014, just three months after submission of the application, by Wiser Environment, to the authority.

Wiser has been working closely with American investor, Synova, and Dutch technology specialist, Royal Dahlman, in their bid to secure Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) funding for their gasification plant destined for Grimsby, for which they have been shortlisted.

Dahlman site setting drawingNorth East Lincolnshire Council (NELC), through its partnership with Cofely, provided an efficient and well managed application process, this and the future vision for Grimsby were prime factors in the swift determination of the application. The entire planning process was completed within six months from requesting initial scoping opinions on the project from NELC and Cofely, undertaking a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) within a six week timescale, submission of the application and supporting post submission liaison with the partnership to ensure that a swift determination could be achieved.

The Grimsby Renewable Power Facility will be the first of its kind in the UK showcasing a ground breaking new technology for the gasification market. The 7MW facility will use the patented MILENA-OLGA technology which Royal Dahlman has developed in association with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).

The competition being run by ETI is to design the most efficient, economical and commercially viable gasification demonstrator plant possible. Royal Dahlman’s patented process converts refuse derived fuel feedstock into a clean gas, which is then used as a fuel for energy generation.

Wiser Environment continues to support Synova and Royal Dahlman through the determination process of their environmental permit application for the site, the Environment Agency are in regular contact with Wiser Environment to progress this application.