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.

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