New EA fees published today

The Environment Agency (EA) has today released its new fees and charges scheme.

The changes follow the consultation carried out late last year and enable the EA to charge for the cost of regulatory activity.

The new charging scheme covers a wide range of activities:

  • Flood risk activities
  • Installations
  • Waste operations
  • Mining waste operations
  • Mobile plant
  • Land spreading
  • Water discharge activities
  • Groundwater activities
  • Radioactive substances activities
  • Exempt waste operations

Most charges are applied from 1st April 2018. The notable exception is specific supplementary environmental permit charges which will be applied from 1st October 2018:

  • Application charges for sites of high public interest
  • Time and materials charging after a pollution incident and for assessing information submitted to meet a permit condition

Further details of the new guidance and charging scheme can be found here.

We will publish further details regarding the implications for our clients next week.

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Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.