Category Archives: Environmental Permitting

The EA has updated their service standards

he EA has updated their service standards. These standards set out the level of customer service operators can expect from the regulator. The update confirms that the EA’s response time to enquiries and complaints has been extended from 10 working days to 20 working days. The EA explains that this is a temporary change whilst their teams adapt to new ways of working and respond to incidents.

The EA are still assessing compliance on waste sites

As this current lockdown continues, it is important to remember that the EA are still assessing compliance on waste sites. For the majority of sites, the EA will conduct their CAR form inspection remotely.

So – expect your EA officer to ask for photos of your site, evidence of record-keeping, a telephone discussion with your TCM and more. Above all, your site’s compliance rating will impact how much your yearly subsistence fee is. The better your compliance rating the cheaper your subsistence fee is.

Appropriate measures for permitted facilities that take non-hazardous and inert waste – Wiser responds on behalf of its clients

To determine support for the appropriate measures for permitted facilities that take non-hazardous and inert waste, the EA launched a public consultation. The consultation sought to understand if the guidance would modernise non-hazardous and inert waste sector operations and create clarity. The team at Wiser have reviewed the newly published draft proposals and submitted a…

EA letter to regulatory stakeholders

Providing an update on the COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements, the EA sent a letter to regulatory stakeholders. The letter reaffirms that the EA has provided the National Permitting Service with more resources to deal with the application backlog, extended the Continuing Competence deadline until 2021 and conducted a review of the COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements….

Consultation on the appropriate measures for the biological treatment of waste

The Environment Agency welcomes contribution from the industry with their consultation on the appropriate measures for the biological treatment of waste. The EA suggest that their proposed guidance will help inform operators of which appropriate measures are relevant to biological treatment facilities. The Environment Agency (EA) are seeking comments on the proposed amendments to the…

National Permitting Service delays set to continue into 2021

As the National Permitting Service continues to adapt to the COVID-19 new-normal, the team at Wiser Environment have been taking proactive steps. In response to Environment Agency permit application delays, the Wiser Environment permitting team have taken the following actions: maintain high-quality permit submissions, effective regulator communication and hold the Environment Agency to account. In…

Expiry dates for COVID-19 regulatory position statements

To minimise COVID-19 related disruption to the environment and human health, the Environment Agency has published a catalogue of temporary regulatory position statements. Upon evaluation, many of these time-limited statements have had their expiry dates extended. Wiser Environment has reviewed each COVID-19 regulatory position statements and listed their expiry date. To make the most of…

Reopening HWRCs during COVID-19

Since movement restrictions have been in place, many HWRCs have been closed. Consequently, this has had an adverse effect on the public and the environment with fly-tipping incidents increasing. Wiser Environment understands that several operators and industry bodies are keen to push forward with the reopening of HWRCs. To prevent causing harm, HWRCs will seek…