Further Information on Environmental Permit Applications
Below are a selection of documents which may support an Environmental Permit Application click on a link to find to more.
Noise Management Plan
Odour Management Plan
Site Management Plan
Site Condition Report
Waste Recovery Plan
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Operating a site under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 means that you may learn to lower operational risk. The conditions of the permit will lead to your operation being run in a safer manner, which in the long run will keep your insurance costs down. Some of the largest liabilities associated with waste operations are environmental in their nature.
If you have a contract with a company to deal with their waste, you will want to create a good impression. Operating under Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 means that your site will be less likely to have image tarnishing environmental slip ups.
OPRA scoring is again an important rank of your operations quality. If you are bidding for a contract a lower OPRA score may give you the advantage.
Just a being registered for VAT keeps yours books up together in the financial sense so do the Environmental Permitting Regulation 2010 in an . Records of deliveries, climate data, and waste processing will give you a mass of useful information that can work in your favour when settling disputes or avoiding liabilities.
It is in your interest to avoid bespoke permits, they are most costly to implement and require more "upkeep" during operation.
Standard permits are available for various activities these include for a comprehensive list click here. If your operation is on the list then there is a possibility that you will be able to apply for a standard permit.
Don't forget to check whether your operation is covered by an exemption.
If we look at a Standard Permit in this case SR2008No9 - asbestos waste transfer station we can see that the rules stipulate;
"The total quantity of waste that can be accepted at a site under these rules must be less than 3,650 tonnes a year."
If your operation handles more than 3,650 tonnes a year then you will not meet the rules for the standard permit, you will have to apply for a bespoke permit.
If we look at a Standard Permit in this case SR2008No24_75kte – clinical waste & healthcare waste transfer station we can see that the rules stipulate:
"permitted activities are not carried out within 200 metres of a European Site1, Ramsar site or a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)."
If your operation is sited within 200 meters of the above mentioned sites then you will not meet the rules for the standard permit, you will have to apply for a bespoke permit.
If you are not on the List of Standard Permits then you will have to apply for a Bespoke Environmental Permit, things get a lot more complicated here, you can ring or email for a free initial consultation.
At the winding up of your permitted activity, you may well have to surrender your environmental permit, unless you intend to transfer your environmental permit. There are various processes that need to occur in order to surrender your environmental permit, these might include:
1 - You can apply to your regulator to change (vary), transfer, or cancel (surrender) your environmental permit in England and Wales. The process is less stringent for mobile plant.
2 - Your application may need public consultation if it is a substantial change or your regulator thinks that consultation is necessary.
3 - You will have to satisfy the Environment Agency that you have looked after the site during you stay, completing your Site Condition Report may be a part of this.
If you would like SWEL to manage the surrender of your environmental permit, then please contact us for a free initial consultation on the matter.
Find Out which Permit You NeedFirst things first, look through a list of environmental permits and see which one best fits your activity, are some permits descriptions are quiet obvious, for if you are windrow composting the you will probably need an open windrow composting permit. Some operation may require a bespoke permit.
However if you have a yards where you sort segregated rubbish, before it is sent of site for further treatment what kind of permit is that? Waste Transfer Environmental Permit but depending on your waste types and the how the site is operated would it count as an SR2008No1 or an SR2008No2?
You may only need an exemption.
Assess you OperationIt could be that your operation has grown to the point where compliance with an environmental permit is required, or it may be that you are setting up a new business. Either way upon application for a permit it is a good opportunity to look over the environmental risk of your operation. What can be changed to increase you chances of be granted and environmental permit.
Look around you site and imagine your self in the shoes of the environment agency, what do you think they might pick up on, that leaky oil tank, the amount of litter blowing around, your lack of a perimeter fence?
By checking off the requirements of the permit with what you actually have before the Environment Agency becomes involved shows that you are proactive and may well ensure that your permit application is successful.
Prepare and Submit your ApplicationAfter you have made sure that your site meets the requirements of the environmental permit it is time to start preparing your application. Fill in the Forms, and submit your supporting documents with the application.
The application process may take considerable time from start to finish, with various consultation etc, so expect the process from start to finish to take around 3 or more months.
|When you submit your
permit to the Environment Agency they will carry out an initial check to
see whether or not you have included all of the necessary information
needed. The information required to get you application duly made
changes with each type of permit. For example:
Composting Permit: Will require as a minimum the following documents.
- Site Condition Report
- Odour Management Plan
- Environmental Management System
A Recovery Activity Permit Such as as the ones listed below:
SR2008No27 Mobile plant for the treatment
of waste soils and contaminated material, substances or products
SR2009No1 Pet cemetery
SR2010No4 Mobile plant for land spreading
SR2010No5 Mobile plant for the reclamation, restoration or improvement of land
SR2010No6 Mobile plant for land spreading of sewage sludge
SR2010No7 Use of waste in construction (up to 50,000 tonnes of waste)
SR2010No8 Use of waste in construction (up to 100,000 tonnes of waste)
SR2010No9 Use of waste for the reclamation, restoration or improvement of land (up to 50,000 tonnes)
SR2010No10 Use of waste for the reclamation, restoration or improvement of land (up to 100,000 tonnes)
Once your Environmental Permit Application has
been "Duly Made" it will enter the determination stage. This involves
the checking of the submitted information with a fine toothed comb,
looking at figures and verifying the integrity of the submitted
Content of documents may be called in to question, inadequacies in the quality of data may be highlight. 99% of the time all will be well and the permit will be issued within a few weeks.
The Determination Stage of a permit application the process of validating the submitted information, and assessing its "fit" within the chosen area of the proposed permitted site.
Despite the growth in renewable as a percentage of our energy mix, in the UK there is a very large gap emerging as our demand for energy grows and no new power stations are being built. There is a much publicised need to lower the carbon intensity of our electricity supply, yet with we still rely on fossil fuels greatly.
One way to decrease the carbon intensity of the UK's grid electricity is to install carbon capture devices on existing fossil fuel power stations such as coal, oil and gas. In order to install one of these retro fit mitigation system the operator will require an Environmental Permit.
SWEL have been helping companies obtain environmental permits right from the start of the EPR regime, and are well placed to provide a efficient and cost effective environmental permit application service. More Information on Carbon Capture and Storage Environmental Permits.
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