EA consults on further changes to its fees

The Environment Agency has published further consultation this week on charges affecting the Environmental Permitting Regulations, Producer Responsibility: WEEE Compliance Schemes and a number of other regulations.

The consultation follows previous fee increases implemented in April and October 2018 as a result of the EA’s Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC). The EA aims to make the charging scheme simpler and more consistent whilst ensuring it covers the costs of regulation, to reduce the burden on taxpayers. In practice, this has seen operators experience massive hikes in EA charges which are only beginning to impact operators now EA invoices are landing on desks. Read more about this here.

The newest proposed fee changes relate to the following regulatory regimes:

  • Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (‘the EP Regulations’) including Closed Landfill, Radioactive Substance Regulations (RSR), and other EP Regulations changes
  • The Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other Dangerous Substances) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000
  • Water Abstraction – Dee and Wye Standard Charge only
  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Producer Responsibility: WEEE Compliance scheme

Wiser Environment would encourage all those operators who might be affected by the proposed fee changes to have their say. If you would like assistance to understand the full effects of the proposals on your business and to prepare a response, please contact us on 01480 462 232 or at info@wisergroup.co.uk.

The consultation, which ends on 1st February 2019, can be found here.

Will you be affected by changes to the Environmental Permitting Regulations?

Late last month, DEFRA quietly laid before Parliament the Environmental Protection (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 which are likely to have far reaching consequences for waste sites…

The regulations implement a number of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) previous proposals seeking to tackle waste crime and address poor performance in the waste industry. The amendments affect the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990 with the amendments to the former coming into force on 7th April 2019.

Improving operator competence

With the aim of strengthening the assessment and enforcement of operator competence, the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) amendments will require the operator to periodically supply the regulator information that demonstrates that the operator complies with recognised competence standards.

These standards are the CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme (Version 9, September 2018) published by WAMITAB, or the Competence Management System: Requirements (Version 4, April 2015) published by Energy and Utility Skills.

Wiser Training provides WAMITAB assessment and qualification services for those looking to improve operator competence.

Operating written management system

The other key EPR amendment requires that all waste sites manage and operate in accordance with a written management system that identifies and minimises the risks of pollution arising from their waste operations. Though not explicitly mentioned in the regulations, for those that manage combustible wastes, it is reasonable to assume that fire prevention measures will also need to be considered.

Find out more about how Wiser Environment can help with environmental permitting and consents and fire prevention plans.

Measures will also be introduced from 7th January 2019 that enable householders to be fined for fly tipping if found to have failed to exercise their duty of care.

Further guidance

Wiser Environment has prepared a more extensive summary and commentary about the new regulations which you can read here.

A copy of the Environmental Protection (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 can be found here.