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: info@wisergroup.co.uk, and we will be happy to assist you.

WISH fire guidance issued

The Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) has published guidance entitled ‘Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites’ in conjunction with a number of prominent industry bodies including the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The aim is to provide operators with the guidance, information and standards to reduce the likelihood and frequency of fires, and reduce the environmental and health impacts of fires. The guidance is intended to be flexible, allowing managers to tailor risk management to their specific requirements.

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a statement in the document saying: “The EA recognises that the WISH guidance provides a range of tools, techniques and advice to minimise the impact of fires on the environment and local community. However, it does not replace regulatory guidance and following it does not remove the need to comply with any statutory requirements.” Therefore, managers will only be able to review their current fire risk management procedure, in line with the new WISH guidance, so long as they still comply with the regulatory guidance published by the EA, which hinders the flexibility of the new approach.

The guidance provides a three option approach to fire risk management for both internal and external storage areas, dependent upon the level of fire management and suppression facilities available at the site.

This new document should be used as a umbrella document as it covers advice applicable to a wide range of waste management and similar sites, and should be read in conjunction with industry guidance and regulatory documents.  If you have any questions or require assistance in applying this guidance, please contact us by telephone on 01480 462232 or by email at info@wisergroup.co.uk.

The guidance follows a consultation earlier this year.  Download a copy of the WISH Guidance.

Wiser offers early bird rate on land spreading deployment applications

Wiser is offering an early bird discount to encourage deployment applications for land spreading this year prior to the spring rush.

Every year, there is a rush to submit deployment applications during the spring months to enable spreading to commence at the earliest opportunity following the end of the closed period. Avoid this hassle and backlog of applications by preparing for and submitting your deployment application now!

AgricultureWiser Environment has experience in both the compilation of supporting documentation into application packs for submission to the Environment Agency, and undertaking the required sampling and analysis of receiving soils and waste streams. We work with a highly regarded BASIS Fertiliser Advisers Certification and Training Scheme (FACTS) agronomist who has many years’ experience in the industry providing technical information to FACTS advisors and in the development of the DEFRA PLANET fertiliser recommendation system software.

If you require assistance with your deployment application or any of the supporting documentation required then please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone on 01480 462232 or email at info@wisergroup.co.uk, for an informal discussion of your needs. Please mention this article when contacting Wiser to receive a preferential ‘early bird’ rate, available until 31st December 2014.