How well would your AD plant stand up to an EA audit?

The recent nationwide Environment Agency (EA) anaerobic digestion (AD) plant audit programme has forced many operators to review their processes and procedures to ensure they comply with legislation and best practice and to identify the greatest areas of business risk. How well would your AD plant stand up to an audit?

The EA audits were carried out nationwide across a broad spectrum of AD operators and will enable the development of a standardised regulatory approach to the bio-waste sector. Wiser Environment attended a number of the technical audits on behalf of AD plant operators, supporting them through the assessment process and providing constructive feedback, and action plans upon completion. The audits identified good practice and areas for improvement particularly in relation to operational safety, DSEAR (the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002), odour control and training.

Charles Thomas, Director, Wiser Environment says: “The operators who participated have found this exercise useful. Having been involved in these audits and with experience of providing support and training to mitigate against potential risks, we are able to help those businesses who weren’t audited to benefit from the programme and take steps to improve their practices before a regulatory approach is implemented”.

For more information about how we can assist you in protecting your staff, the environment and your greatest asset, contact us on 01480 462 232.

Wiser 100% record on FPPs despite EA 65% rejection rate

Wiser Environment has declared a 100% record on Fire Prevention Plans (FPP) just days after the Environment Agency announced that they have rejected 65% of plans since July 2015.

??????According to a June e-bulletin, 237 FPPs have been received by the EA with only 82 (35%) accepted. Although the EA also stated that the quality of plans has improved over time and the 35% acceptance rate is up from the initial 10% rate.

Following the publication of the EA’s Fire Prevention Plan Guidance in March last year, anyone applying for environmental permits, or a variation to existing permits, for a site that stores combustible waste needs to have a robust Fire Prevention Plan. As a result, the EA is undertaking a technical review of FPP’s submitted with environmental permits, leading to the high rejection rate and delays with applications.

Charles Thomas, Director, Wiser Environment says: “We have submitted plans for a range of clients and are very proud of our 100% record. With our extensive experience, the team is able to ensure information submitted meets the EA requirements and doesn’t hold up our clients’ environmental permit applications”.

The Environment Agency has confirmed that revised Fire Prevention Plan guidance is ‘on track’ to be published in July.

Please contact us on 01480 462 232 for information about how Wiser Environment can help with your fire prevention plans and environmental permit applications.