The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): To help businesses cope with the disruption caused by Coronavirus, COVID-19, the Environment Agency (EA) has published a series of temporary COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements (RPSs). COVID-19 RPSs are intended to minimise risks to the environment and human health where compliance with certain regulatory requirements is not possible due to COVID-19. They also cover specific circumstances where the EA have temporarily amended normal regulatory requirements. COVID-19 RPSs have been issued in several sectors including waste management, water industry and agriculture. Each COVID-19 RPS sets out the circumstances in which it applies and the conditions that must be complied with. If the conditions are complied with, including requirements to notify the EA or to obtain approval to use the COVID-19 RPS, then the EA will not normally take enforcement action. For more information on COVID-19 RPSs, see Q&A: What does coronavirus (COVID-19) mean for environmental compliance in areas such as environmental permitting?
On 1 January 2017, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154 came into force. The EPR 2016 consolidates and revokes the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR 2010), SI 2010/675 which had been amended on numerous occasions. The EPR 2016 is now the principle legislation governing the environmental permitting and compliance regime which applies to various activities and industries and all offences occurring on or
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