Presentation on theme: "The Environment Agency Alasdair McKellar – PPC/COMAH Regulatory Officer."— Presentation transcript:
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 http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/103220.aspx Any Questions?