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The Environment Agency

Alasdair McKellar – PPC/COMAH Regulatory Officer

The Environment Agency

  • Who we are

  • What we do

  • Permitting

  • Compliance

The Environment Agency – Who we are

  • Formed in 1996

  • The Environment Act 1995

    • National Rivers Authority

    • Waste Regulation Authorities

    • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Pollution

The Environment Agency – What we do

  • Helping the people get the most out of their environment, including boaters and anglers.

  • Restoring rivers and lakes.

  • Looking after wildlife

The Environment Agency – What we do

  • Protecting people from flood

  • Using Floodline

  • Advice and help on what to do in the event of a flood

  • Flood defences built in key areas

  • Flood mapping

The Environment Agency – What we do

  • Working with industry to protect the environment and human health

  • Taking action against those who don't take their environmental responsibilities seriously

  • Influencing and working with Government, industry and local authorities

  • Consult on relevant planning applications

The Environment Agency - Permitting

  • Covanta will need to apply for an Environmental Permit

  • Covered by the requirements of the Waste Incineration Directive

  • Body of permit is made up of conditions agreed nationally for all sites

  • appendices containing site specifics

The Environment Agency - Permitting

We will only grant a permit if:

  • the applicant has demonstrated that the proposed facility meets the requirements of the Environmental Permitting Regulations and uses Best Available Techniques in its design and operation;

  • the proposed design, construction and operational standards for individual EfW plants meet or exceed stringent controls;

  • we have consulted members of the local community, the local authority and the health authority for their views on the potential effect on the environment and public health.

The Environment Agency - Permitting

  • relevant to permitting;

    • concerns about potential effects caused by, and from within the boundary of, the installation

    • local information not apparent to the applicant

  • not relevant to permitting;

    • comments on the fixed conditions

    • comments on activities that occur outside installation boundary

The Environment Agency - Permitting

  • consultation via local paper and on our website

  • on the initial application and on draft permit

  • from initial application to final issue approximately 6 -8 months

The Environment Agency – Compliance

  • Environmental Permitting Regulations

  • Regulate industrial sites as identified in Schedule 1 Part 2 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007

  • Powers under the Environment Act 1995 to enter property, stop processes/operations and seize evidence

  • National Sector Groups and technical support

The Environment Agency – Compliance

  • We have the following sectors

    • Food and Drink

    • Landfill

    • Combustion

    • Incineration

    • Chemical

    • Metal

    • Mineral

The Environment Agency – Compliance

  • Carry out periodic inspections based on risk

  • Assess submissions from operators

  • Be a source of advice

  • Ensure compliance with permits and take appropriate actions when breaches occur

The Environment Agency – Compliance

  • Look to set up ongoing Liaison Group if the site is constructed and permitted

  • Made up of Environment Agency, Local Councillors, the Operator, County Council Representatives and Local Residents

  • Raise issues of concern, feedback on relevant issues and ensure there is a dialogue between interested parties

further information is available on our website

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