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Lost and Found

Since the Environment Agency and other government bodies or departments had their websites scrapped and moved to Gov.uk, it has often been difficult to find the information we need to carry out site assessments, check registrations etc. The web page www.gov.uk/government/organisations contains convenient links for the pages for the 46 ministerial and non ministerial departments,...

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You want me to do what?

Over the last month or so, I’ve been involved with a number of appeals and one common thread reappears, namely the age of the permits and the conditions contained within them. The schedules of conditions that are attached to the most recent environmental permits for waste operations are relatively easy to understand, whether we like...

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A New Approach?

WASTE’15 is almost with us and I, for one, am looking forward to the Panel Debate which sees representatives from the Environment Agency, Defra, CIWM, WAMITAB and UROC joining in the discussion.  Whether my questions or comments are relevant to poor performing sites or will get an airing on the day is not the issue,...

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A brave new world: Be one step ahead

As many of you know, I encourage feedback and try to reflect what’s happening in the industry, so when I was ‘accused’ of being soft last month as I hadn’t had a rant for a while (not since December anyway), I thought a homage to ranting would be in order. The aim is to prevent...

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Poorly performing sites: will undertakings overtake prosecution?

Yet another amendment to Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 came into force on 6th April 2015, in England only, to allow an approach to enforcement that has been around for some time to be extended to the waste industry. The new “enforcement undertaking” is intended to provide an alternative to other more serious...

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Enviroman: Budge it… Quick…

I was hoping to fill this page with a detailed analysis of the budget but Chancellor George Osborne has let me down again. There are a number of environmental measures in the budget but as always not enough of the landfill tax revenue that is generated finds its way back into funding recycling, renewable energy...

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Standard Fools Permits

We know that The Environment Agency has the powers to revise standard rules permits, doing so on a regular basis, with many of the consultations passing by without notice. So when Standard Rules Consultation No.12 landed on my desk I was tempted to feed it to the shredder until I noticed that it involves five...