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.

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Accreditations

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.