Environmental Permits & Management

In-line with regulations, many industrial operations will require environmental permits

Environmental Permits are governed by the Environmental Permitting Regulations. Sites with a permit are regulated by the Environment Agency (or the Local Authority for some activities). Various operations fall within the scope of the regulations and, subject to hitting threshold levels then environmental permits may be required to operate as an “installation”.

You do not have to submit a summary of your management system if you are applying for a standard rules permit, but you must have your management system in place before you start operating. Once you are operating you must implement your management system or you will be in breach of your permit. Contact Madexa ERS

What you need to know about environmental permits & management and how we can help in the application process

The amount of information you will need in your management system will depend on how complicated and risky your activities are. Here’s a little information on how to develop a management system and keep it up to date so that you can carry out activities under an environmental permit. To read more on this, please refer to: www.gov.uk/guidance

Permits Explained

Your environmental permit requires you to have a written management system.

This is a set of procedures describing what you will do to minimise the risk of pollution from the activities covered by your permit.

If you have a waste permit that was granted before 6 April 2008 that does not require you to have a working plan or management system, you will still need to manage and operate your waste activity in line with a written management system if you are applying for: 1. A standard rules permit, the risks are identified in the generic risk assessment. 2. A bespoke permit, you will have identified the risks by carrying out your risk assessment.

Please Note: Your risk assessment will be part of your management system.

Permit Requirements

Environmental Permits will be required for many industrial operations (e.g. production of metals, food and drink production, energy industries) and waste activities.

If you are undertaking a waste activity then, environmental permits will either be for a “waste operation” or potentially an “installation” though there are a few exemptions in place and some low risk waste positions.

You may also have a need for other consents including: Water Abstraction Licence (if you are taking water from a surface or ground source for use in processing); Water Discharge Licence (if you are returning anything other than clean uncontaminated water back to a surface or ground source) and / or Trade Effluent Consent (if you are discharging anything other than clean uncontaminated water to sewer).

How we help

We can manage the entire environmental permits / consent application process for you…

This includes new applications, variations to existing environmental permits, transfer of permits and surrender applications. We can also support you with the development of process, procedures and systems that will be required under your permit. View Environmental Management services

Once you have your permit we can also manage ongoing compliance with the various conditions, for example: required reporting, monitoring, etc along with maintenance and ongoing management of your environmental management system.

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