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environmental complianceEven for simple businesses there are a mind boggling number of Regulations / Laws with which your operations must comply.

At Southwest Environmental we can take care of your environmental compliance issues, leaving you to take care of what you set out to do . . .operate a successful business.

Compliance to some environmental regulations may well require a great amount of time and effort to bring you in to compliance. This might include:

Environmental Permits or REACH

Some regulations may not be so apparent, the Oil Storage Regulations for example, compliance is necessary but may not be rigorously enforced. Problems may arise if for instance you are storing oils in the incorrect type of tank in the case of an incident / spill. In this instance you may be open to prosecution.

The Environment Agency are prosecuting people every day for non-compliance, so don't wait until it is your turn. Contact SWEL, and we will check over your operations environmental compliance. Please feel free to telephone the office for an informal discussion regarding environmental compliance services. The initial consultation is always free.

Further Information:

Environmental Permitting
List of Environmental Regulations UK

Environmental Compliance FAQs

Where can I find a list of Environmental Regulations?
What is an Environmental Compliance Audit?
Use of Soil in Construction - Staying compliant.
What are the environmental compliance implications of REACH?
Do I need to change the way I work in order to comply to Environmental Legislation?
Environmental Law

How to I become environmentally compliant to the Environmental Permitting Regulations?
What do SWEL Charge for Environmental Compliance Services?
Paragraph Exemptions: How to stay in compliance.

Environmental Compliance News


Where can I find a list of Environmental Regulations?

Below is the rather daunting table that displays most the the Environmental Legislation that mat affect you business. If you are worried that you don't comply, then drop us a line or give us a call and we will offer you some advice.

Compliance to Air Pollution Environmental Legislation


Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999
Environmental Permitting Regulations
Clean Air Act 1993
Dark Smoke Regulations 1958
Clean Air 1969 - Chimney Height Exemptions
Clean Air 1969 - Arrestment Plant
Clean Air 1969 - Emissions of Dark Smoke
Clean Air 1969 - Measurement of Grit and Dust
Clean Air 1969 - Emissions of grit and dust
Control of Asbestos in the Air Regulations 1990
Environmental Protection Act 1990 - Part 3


2037/2000 Substances that deplete the ozone layer
842/2006 Certain Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases

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Compliance to Water Pollution Environmental Legislation

Water Act 2003
Water Environment Regulations
Environmental Permitting
Water Resources Act
Ground Water Regulations 1998
The Anti Pollution Works Regulations 1999
Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations 2001
Water Industry Act 1991
Trade Effluents 1989
Water Supply Regulations 1999
The Environment Act 1995


Public Health Act 1936
Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries 1975


Water Framework Directive
Priority Substances in Water

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Compliance to Producer Responsibility Environmental Legislation

The Producer Responsibility Obligations 2007
Packaging Regulations 1998
End of Life Vehicles Regulations 2003
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006
Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in WEEE
Eco Design for Energy Using Products Regulations 2007

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Compliance to Contaminated Land Environmental Legislation

Environmental Protection Act - Part 2
The Contaminated Land Regulations 2006
Environmental Liability Directive 2004

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Compliance to Major Incidents Environmental Legislation

Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 - COMAH
Planning Regulations  1999 - COMAH
Public Information for Radiation Emergencies Regulations 1992
Radiation Regulations 2001
Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condenser Regulations 1992

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Compliance to Environmental Information Environmental Legislation

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

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Compliance to Energy and Climate Change Environmental Legislation


The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2003
The Renewable Obligation Order 2004
Climate Change Act 2008
Energy Act 2004

Levees, Taxes and Charges

The Climate Change Levy
UK Emissions Trading Scheme
Carbon Reduction Commitment
Enhanced Capital Allowances

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Compliance to Waste Environmental Legislation


Control of Pollution Act 1989
Environmental Protection Act 1990
Environmental Permitting Regulations
Controlled Waste Regulations
Environmental Protection Regulations 1991
Controlled Waste Regulations 1992
Transfer Shipment of Waste Regulations  1994
Environment Act 1995
Hazardous Wastes Regulations 2005
List of Wastes Regulations 2005


1013/2006 Supervision of Controlled Waste
Waste Framework Directive

Taxes etc

Landfill Tax Regulations 1996
Aggregates Levy

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Compliance to Statutory Nuisance, Noise and Litter Environmental Legislation

Environmental Protection Act 1990  - Part 3
Statutory Nuisance Regulations 1995
Public health 1936
Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993
Control of Pollution act 1974 - Part 3
Control of Noise Regulations - 1975
Environmental Protection Act 1990 - Part 4
Street Litter Control Notices Order 1991
Litter Order 1996
Litter Control Areas 1991

Principal Legislation

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
Environmental Offenses Regulations 2006

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Compliance to The Planning System Environmental Legislation

The Planning Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
Town and Country Planning act 1990
Planning Act 1990
Planning Regulations 1990


Directive on Strategic Environmental Assessment 2001

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Compliance to Hazardous Substances Environmental Legislation

Environmental Protection Act 1990 - Part 3
Environmental Protection Regulations 1992
Planning Regulations 1990
Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986
Plant Protection and Products Regulations 1995


Regulation on the Evaluation and Control of Risks of Existing Substances


Authorisation / Restriction


Health and Safety at Work 1974
The Health and Safety Regulations 1998


Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006
Control of Asbestos in Air Regulations 1990

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Compliance to Wild Life Conservation Environmental Legislation

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Conservation Regulations 2007
Off Shore Marine Conservation Regulations 2007
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006


Habitats Directive

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What is an Environmental Compliance Audit?

An environmental compliance audit is where an environmental consultant will visit your business / facility and inspect your operation to ensure that they comply with environmental legislation.

In its most basic form a typical audit will consist of a number of days spent looking at the physical characteristics of your operation, and also studying emissions, records and competence.

 A report is then produced with suggestions to be followed in order to bring your business / facility in to compliance.

A compliance audit is particularly useful if your company wishes to maintain a blemish free environmental record, which can be important in the maintenance and acquisition of contracts of supply etc.

For any queries with regard to compliance audits please ring the office for a free initial consultation.

Please Contact the Office if you have any questions.

Do I need to change the way I work in order to comply to Environmental Legislation?

Yes and No.


Example: Environmental Permitting Regulations 2006 - 2010

Some regulations such as the environmental permitting regulations may well require you to change the way you work, perhaps you are moving from an old "para" exemption or you have out grown your Environmental permitting exemption, either way the way you work may have to become a little neater in order to comply to a permit. Record will have to kept of what materials / waste come and go, and some people within your organisation may have to undergo some form of technical competence training.


Example: Clean Air Act 1993

With most businesses operating within the boundaries set by this piece of legislation there will be no need to change the way you work in order to comply with this legislation. Unlike environmental permitting which a very proactive legislative tool, other acts and regulation work in the back ground and although compliance is necessary to prevent action against your operation / business, the chances are your operation / business already complies anyway.

Please Contact the Office if you have any questions.


Use of Soil in Construction - Staying compliant.

It makes sense to try and reuse soil, perhaps on the same site that it was excavated from, or perhaps another site that your firm is involved with.

"Waste" soils that are generated in construction may not be waste at all, although proving that soils are not waste is probably more time consuming than just assuming they are and complying with the relevant legislation.

In there position statement* with regards to the definition of waste the Environment Agency state that, with regards to soil is not waste when it is:

  • for use on the site from which it has been excavated, either without treatment  or after on-site treatment, in the development of that land

  • for use in the development of land other than the site from which the material has been excavated, following treatment at an authorized treatment Hub within a defined Cluster agreed with us, and used in the development of land at a site within the Cluster

Any clearer?

There is also debate of say using soil to level hollows within land / construction sites is actually recovery or disposal, there are environmental permit exemptions available for the use of small small quantities of soil for such purposes, these cover up to 5000 tones of material, if you are building roads, but around 100 for other uses, see U1 and U 19.

If you don't "fit" for an exemption or recovery operation then you probably need an environmental permit for a landfill operation, albeit an inert operation, this will require a bespoke permit.

Please Contact the Office if you have any questions.

soil in construction

Which areas do SWEL cover?

Offices London, Bristol, Manchester and Exeter. UK wide coverage.


Compliance Consultants Bristol

Compliance Consultants Exeter

Compliance Consultants London


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Environmental Compliance Consultants

Bristol - 01173 270 092

Exeter - 01398 331 258

London - 02076 920 670

Manchester - 0161 297 0026