The Environment Agency (EA) is undertaking a review of Regulatory Position Statement 128: The short term storage of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) at a dockside. Initial correspondence with the EA suggests that the current position statement has been extended until the end of April 2015 to allow the review process to take place.
It is understood that at the end of this period the position will cease to exist and operators whom currently benefit from this regulatory position will be required to demonstrate one of the following:
- An appropriate environmental permit
- A pending application for an appropriate permit
- The site has been cleared of any RDF covered by the position statement
It is unclear whether a new position statement will be produced to cover the short term storage of RDF at a dockside, where this is not provided then operators may be constrained by the annual waste quantities permitted by Standard Rules Permits and therefore need to apply for a bespoke environmental permit.
If this change to RPS128 is likely to affect your operations please do not hesitate to contact Wiser Environment to discuss how we may be able to assist you.