Environmental Regulation & Permitting
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Once planning consent has been obtained, industrial developments including waste management facilities often need to comply with mandatory standards for environmental protection; typically covering ambient air quality, water quality, noise, etc. In addition, certain sites must obtain environmental licenses or permits and comply with conditions for pollution control.
SLR's support teams provide a range of support services to all business sectors from primary production, through manufacturing and processing, to waste disposal.
Licensing & Permitting
Industries or processes are regulated by an environmental licence or permit that may impose an integrated approach to environmental protection. National and international guidance may also identify benchmark limits for emissions to air or water or as noise, etc. Permits may also govern performance in terms of energy efficiency, waste minimisation, materials efficiency, land quality, accident prevention, etc.
SLR services for permitting and licensing include:-
- Gap Analysis: to identify permitting requirements
- Applications & variations: forms, plans, fees, drawings, etc
- Technical support: documentation, risk appraisals, best available techniques, etc
- Guidance support: technical options review
- Regulator & Stakeholder Negotiation
Technical support can cover:-
- Site Reports: baseline setting, history, records
- Best Available Techniques (BAT): e.g. EPR H1
- Control of Impacts: monitoring, modelling, records, improvements
- Energy, Global Warming & Carbon Management
- Raw Materials Efficiency & Waste Minimisation
- Environmental Management Systems
Operations Compliance & Improvement Plans
We can also assist with all aspects of ongoing compliance and site improvements.
- Permit compliance: periodic measurement, inspection, auditing, reporting, etc
- Permit Improvements: additional treatment, environmental survey, management systems
Typically the environmental licence or permit is periodically reviewed and amended.
Permit Surrender & Site Closure:
Applications to surrender a permit can require reports identifying changes in environmental conditions such as a closure plan to identify steps taken to avoid and remove pollution risk.