The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
On 1 January 2017, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154, consolidated and replaced the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. The EPR 2016 sets out a single, unified permitting regime for facilities and activities previously regulated under:
Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000
Waste Management Licensing and exemption schemes
parts of the Water Resources Act 1991 that dealt with water discharge and flood defence consenting
Radioactive Substances Act 1993, and
Groundwater Regulations 2009
On 30 January 2018, the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (Amending Regulations), SI 2018/110 came into force. The Amending Regulations amended the EPR 2016, SI 2016/1154, transposing Directive 2015/2193 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants (‘the Medium Combustion Plants Directive’), and introduced domestic emission controls in respect of certain types of electricity generator. The Amending Regulations also extended the scope of EPR 2016 to include permitting requirements for the operation of medium combustion plants and generators in order to regulate emissions to protect air quality. The Amending Regulations also extended enforcement undertakings to flood risk activities, in respect of the Environment Agency (EA)in England, to provide greater consistency across regulated sectors and further options for enforcement.
On 2 May 2018, the Environmental Permitting (England and
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