Environment Agency introducing changes to Environmental Permitting Regulations

The outcome of the Environment Agency consultation on standard rules for the Environmental Permitting Regulations has now been published. The consultation was undertaken November 2014 to March 2015 and sought views from businesses, communities, ngos and regulators. Proposed changes to the regulations are intended to meet the legislative requirements of the EU Industrial Emission Directive. These are:

  1. Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) amendments affecting 12 rule sets.
  2.  A new condition specifically requiring a Fire Prevention Plan for existing sites storing combustible waste material together, with 21 replacement standard rules covering the same activities for new applications and additional amendments covering permitted storage periods and maximum storage limits for waste wood.
  3. An increase in the number of household waste packaging codes for civic amenity sites and metal recycling facilities.
  4. Asbestos waste transfer operations.
  5. A new standard rule allowing metal recycling and WEEE treatment activities to take place at the same site, IED and other minor amendments affecting 6 rule sets covering Metal Recycling, Vehicle Storage, Depollution, Dismantling and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment activities.

The changes proposed in the consultation will now all be introduced. These include the introduction of fire prevention plans at waste sites – aimed at reducing the number of waste fires and the high clean up cost and impact on nearby communities. All respondents to the consultation supported this and a new condition will be inserted into 21 standard rules sets dealing with combustible wastes to bring in this requirement. For example, new standard rules permits will require a fire prevention plan to be approved before the permit can be issued.  Limits will also be set on storage time for some waste.

On metals and WEEE – all proposals in the consultation are accepted – these include a number of minor amendments to the rules and definitions (including some IED requirements) affecting 6 rule sets covering Metal Recycling, Vehicle Storage, Depollution, Dismantling and WEEE related activities. For WEEE, the rules will be altered to allow the acceptance of WEEE containing ODS for storage only, along with a new standard rule allowing metal recycling and WEEE treatment activities to take place at the same site.


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