Industrial Emissions Directive application success

Wiser Environment has received a 100% ‘duly made’ success rate on IED applications made for the September deadline.

The Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are currently implementing the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) through the amendment of the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) 2013, which imposes new requirements on some installations and extends the scope of EPR installations to newly prescribed activities.

All new and existing installations will be assessed against Best Available Techniques (BAT) as guided by European guidance notes (BREFs) and associated BAT conclusions. The IED already applies to new installations permitted since 7th January 2013 and existing installations, operational on 7th January 2014. For existing facilities which are currently exempt or operational as a waste activity, which are to become installations as ‘newly prescribed activities’, the IED will apply from 7th July 2015.

Operators of ‘newly prescribed activities’ have been required to submit variation applications to become an installation. There are a number of activity specific deadlines by which operators must have submitted a ‘duly made’ application to the EA to make benefit of a statutory defence, if they then fail to receive a full installation permit by 7th July 2015.

Wiser Environment supported a number of operators during the process leading up to the first deadline (30thSeptember 2014), specific to operations – gasification of fuel other than coal, biological processing of chemical and waste recovery. Wiser prepared and submitted variation applications and supporting documentation prior to this deadline and received a 100% ‘duly made’ success rate prior to this deadline.

The next deadline (31st December 2014) is for operators of hazardous waste treatment, waste disposal and wood preservation facilities. If you are an operator of one of these types of facilities and would like to informally discuss your facility with us to determine whether you will become a ‘newly prescribed activity’ under the IED then please contact us either by telephone on 01480 462 232 or email:, and we will be happy to assist you.

DCLG publishes new National Planning Policy for Waste

The new National Planning Policy for Waste has been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government replacing Planning Policy Statement 10 (PPS10).

This document sets out detailed waste planning policies and is to be read in conjunction with the National Planning Policy Framework, the Waste Management Plan for England and National Policy Statements for Waste Water and Hazardous Waste. This document should be considered by local planning authorities and applicants when planning all new waste management developments.

Read the National Planning Policy for Waste October 2014.


New forms for 2015 AATF / AE Submissions

As you may be aware, not least from previous Wiser Environment news stories, the Environment Agency have changed the forms that are required to apply for Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATF) and Approved Exporters (AE) status for the 2015 compliance period.

We have now received the new application forms from the Environment Agency. The forms are in Excel format and aim to be simpler than the previous form, with the aim being to reissue the existing approval rather than reassess the existing sampling and inspection plan afresh each year. Entirely new applicants still need to apply by using the existing WMP5 application form which can be found on the .GOV website.

Please contact us on 01480 462 232 if you wish to discuss further or would like a copy of the new forms.

EA briefing on crop residues used in anaerobic digestion

The Environment Agency (EA) has clarified the position with respect to crop residues and has set out the circumstance under which they can be considered a ‘by-product’.

If the residue is a by-product it falls outside the scope of the Waste Framework Directive and therefore is not a ‘waste’. In essence crop residues are:

  • Misshapen, bruised or undersized fruit and vegetables separated out as being unsuitable for sale as food for consumption;
  • Parts of fruit and vegetables such as leaves, roots and toppings that are removed as part of the processing for sale;

that are discarded at the farm or packing plant.

Items discarded later in the supply chain or at the supermarket remain a waste. Anaerobic digestion (AD) plants accepting crop residues that meet the definitions do not need to have an Environmental Permit.

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

Read the EA Briefing note on crop residues used as feedstock for AD plants

EA issues revised briefing on regulation of wood

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a revised briefing on the regulation of wood to highlight that the 2010 Position on the Environmental Regulation of Wood has been replaced.

Waste woodWhat has replaced it is not explicitly set out but it is assumed that the briefing, which has been produced following a number of incidents involving treated wood being consigned to inappropriate sites, contains the revised position. It is similar to the draft note issued in July 2014 although the section on processing and use which gave specific advice for industry sectors has been removed. The position now gives some recognition to the differing grades of wood as set out in PAS 111 although highlights concerns over less than rigorous segregation of the differing grades at wood recycling sites. The document puts a clear onus on the wood recycler to have sufficiently robust management system to ensure the quality of the product(s) that are produced.

Fines from the processing of grades B and C wood are unequivocally stated as not been suitable for either composting operations or spreading to land. The briefing also clarifies the position with respect to the use of railway sleepers and telegraph poles, which are now confirmed to be not waste when a series of conditions are met.

If you think you are affected by these changes and would like assistance, please contact us on 01480 462 232. In addition to providing advice and support in complying with the finer points of the EA positions and briefings, Wiser has extensive experience in developing accredited management systems including quality management as well as successful End of Waste applications for products.

Read the EA Briefing on regulation of wood.