All industrial processes have the potential to release pollution to land, air and water. This pollution can pose a health risk to people as well as damaging the environment. To prevent this, industrial processes are tightly regulated as part of the Environment Act 1995 in order to minimise, and to manage, their environmental impacts.
This regulatory regime is known as "environmental permitting", it has previously been known as integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) and pollution prevention and control (IPC).
If you are an operator of industrial processes that are prescribed under Schedule 1 of The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, you must hold an environmental permit to legally operate the process.
The gov.uk site explains environmental permits and how to apply for one.
It is an offence for any person/company to operate a permitted (prescribed) activity without a valid permit. The regulatory responsibility for this permitting regime is split between the council and the Environment Agency.
An environmental permit is a document prepared by a regulator, either the council or the Environment Agency. It has conditions which you must follow to prevent your business from harming the environment or human health.
We have a legal responsibility to regulate environmental permitting and keep a register of all industrial installations or premises in the local area which could potentially cause pollution.
Covers industries that are considered to be the most polluting. Industries such as large scale power stations, chemical works and pharmaceutical production fall under this category. Regulated by the Environment Agency.
The council regulates this environmental permitting regime, also known and referred to as Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC). These installations are regulated for emissions to air, water (including discharges to sewer) and land, plus a range of other environmental considerations. Operators of galvanizers or large scale pottery, for example.
The council regulates this environmental permitting regime, also known and referred to as Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC). These installations are only regulated for emissions to air such as dry cleaning, glassworks, vehicle refinishers and paint spraying operators, crematoria, furniture manufacturers, cement batching plants, and petrol stations and the uploading of petrol.
The operator of the installation (or an authorised person on behalf of the company) must apply for a permit. Contact us on 01753 875810.
A permit will only be granted if you can satisfy the regulator that the requirements of the regime in terms of controlling emissions to the air can be met and subsequently maintained.
Once a permit is issued, the operator must comply with the permit conditions and pay an annual fee.