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Pollution Prevention and Control

The Council is responsible for regulating certain industrial activities covered by the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (the "PPC Regulations").

 

If a Company wants to carry out processes that may cause certain emissions to land, air or water they must apply for a permit to do so from either the Environment Agency or the Council. The PPC Regulations were introduced under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999. The PPC Regulations have replaced the integrated pollution control (IPC) regime set up under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990).

 

The Environment Agency regulates industries with the greatest potential of causing pollution to land, air or water. The Council regulates industries with less potential to pollute the environment. The PPC Regulations introduce three separate, but linked, systems of pollution control:

 

  • Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), which covers installations known as A(1) installations, which are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Local authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) which covers installations known as A(2) installations, which are regulated by local authorities;
  • Local authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC), which covers installations known as Part B installations, also regulated by local authorities.

 

All three systems require the operators of certain industrial and other installations to obtain a permit to operate. Regulators must set permit conditions based on the use of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) to control pollution.

 

For Part A(1) and A(2) installations the permit conditions must cover pollution to all media: air, land and water. The permit may also cover energy efficiency, site restoration, noise, odour, waste minimisation, accident prevention and heat and vibrations. Permit conditions for Part B installations only cover emissions to air.

 

United Kingdom Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (UK PRTR)

 

The Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (UK-PRTR)  is required under European legislation and obliges certain businesses to submit an annual return detailing their releases of potentially polluting materials into the air, land or water.  These returns are then collated at national level and fed into the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR).

 

Defra collects information in the UK from local authorities who have qualifying businesses in their district.  The national figures for businesses emitting in excess of the release thresholds are available on Defra's Pollutant Release and Transfer Register website.  

 

Further information

Map of permitted processes

Attached is a map of the borough showing the approximate location of the various sites that have a permit under the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010.  You can also refer to the public register above for further information.

 

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