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EA opens consultation to revise Standard Rules Environmental Permits

Standard Rules Environmental Permits

The Environment Agency (EA) opened a consultation on the 28th June proposing to revise the Standard Rules Environmental Permits. Revisions include metal recovery / scrap metal.

 

Within the document section 3.5 Metal recovery / scrap metal points out the following:

For permits: SR2008 No21, SR2011 No2, SR2015 No14 and SR2015 No16 the EA propose to include the following conditions:

• the acceptance and storage of up to 10 tonnes of intact waste vehicle catalytic converters (waste code 16 01 21* or 16 01 22) at any one time

• there shall be no treatment of catalytic converters including decanning, other than sorting and separating from other wastes

• catalytic converters will be stored in a manner that prevents the metal casing being damaged or pierced – if the metal casing becomes damaged the catalytic converter should be either double bagged or wrapped in a minimum of 400 gauge polyethylene

In addition, for the following permits: SR2008 No20, SR2011 No3, SR2012 No14, SR2015 No13, SR2015 No17 and SR2015 No 20 the EA propose to include the following conditions to allow catalytic converters from third parties to be accepted and stored:

• the acceptance and storage of up to 10 tonnes of intact waste vehicle catalytic converters (waste code 16 01 21* and 16 01 22) at any one time

• there shall be no treatment of catalytic converters including decanning, other than sorting and separating from other wastes

• no more than 25 tonnes of waste vehicle batteries (waste code 16 01 01* or 16 06 05) shall be stored at the site at any one time

• catalytic converters will be stored in a manner that prevents the metal casing being damaged or pierced – if the metal casing becomes damaged the catalytic converter should be either double bagged or wrapped in a minimum of 400 gauge polyethylene.

The proposal to remove the following waste types because waste returns data indicates that these wastes do not appear to be accepted at End of Life Vehicle (ELV) sites:

• 16 01 07* – oil filters

• 16 01 11* – brake pads containing asbestos

• 16 01 12 – brake pads other than 16 01 11*.

They propose to add the following conditions:

• lead acid batteries shall be stored upright in containers with the electrical connectors pointing upwards – the containers shall be impermeable with an acid resistant base and, unless stored under weatherproof covering, a lid to prevent ingress of water

• batteries of different types and chemistry shall be stored separately

For clarity the EA propose to add the following wording:

• “air-conditioning system fluids and gases”

In addition, they propose to reduce the tonnage from 75,000 tonnes per year of ELV and the other wastes to 25,000 tonnes per year in SR2008 No20 and SR2015 No13. This is to more accurately reflect the data from waste returns. This means that these standard rules would fall into the charge band 3 rather than the higher charge band 2.  

They propose to reduce the tonnage from 5,000 tonnes per year of ELV and the other wastes to 2,500 tonnes per year in the SR2011 No3 and SR2015 No17. This is to ensure that these standard rules permits will fit into the charge band 4 rather than the higher charge band 3.  

There will be amendments to the generic risk assessments to reflect the above changes.

The full document can be downloaded as a PDF file here consultation document  

The consultation closes on 20th September 2018. Have your say here: www.consult.environment-agency.gov.uk or contact Future Regulation – Permitting (Standard Rules Consultation) on 0370 850 6506 or email: standard-rules@environment-agency.gov.uk 

Source: www.consult.environment-agency.gov.uk

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