ENVIRONMENT AGENCY UPDATED GUIDANCE
The Environment Agency have been busy this February publishing updated guidance…
Welcome to our latest newsletter which we hope you find informative: Civil penalties for F-gas; Medium Combustion Plants; Environment Agency guidance updates. We can support you with all the various topics so please contact us to discuss your needs! We have also dropped in some non-environmental management related news as well – we know the topics can be a bit dry!!!!
EA OPRA System to Change: Many environmental permits are charged based on the Operator Risk Appraisal scheme which evaluates risk, performance and complexity and provides a grade. The system has been in operation for many years now but is to be overhauled.
DEFRA air consultation delay rejected: DEFRA’s application to defer publication of a revised air quality plan by six weeks has been rejected on the grounds that it was a “significant threat” to public health. The department must now start consulting on plans within the next 12 days.
ECHA Nanoform Titanium Dioxide Appeal Decision: The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) board of appeal has annulled a decision for information on the crystal phases and nanoforms of titanium dioxide (TiO2) one of the most widely made nanomaterial products. The TiO2 registration dossier was submitted to ECHA in 2010 and four years later further details on substance identity were requested including details on specific compositions manufactured / imported by each registrant.The board of appeal noted that as REACH has no specific requirement to identify nanoforms, registrants were “at liberty to give a broad definition of the substance… including both the bulk forms and the nanoforms”. The European Commission intends to propose amendments to clarify information requirements later this year. Any new information sought will be managed by the recently formed EU nanomaterial safety body – EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON).
MCERTS Manual Stack Emissions Testing Guidance Published: New guidance has been published by the Environment Agency for laboratories that analyse stack emissions which have been obtained by manual sampling. Alongside a number of other requirements the guidance requires laboratories to be UKAS accredited to the ISO 17025 standard. The guidance is part of the Environment Agency MCERTS (Monitoring Certification) scheme and is entitled Performance standard for laboratories carrying out testing of samples from stack emissions monitoring. The guidance, amongst others, covers technical requirements, test methods and method validation, sampling and reporting of results. We can assist with all your stack and emissions monitoring requirements – call us to discuss your needs!
New Year, New Website! At last we have launched our new website and we hope you like it. It has a fresh look and feel and we are very pleased with it. The site provides detail on our key services and also detail on the main industry sectors we are working in. Have a look and if you have any thoughts or comments then please do get in touch – use our contact form or email direct using firstname.lastname@example.org.