Adeptus are environmental permitting consultants providing tailored support to all business affected by the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). We carry out and advise on all aspects environmental permit applications, exemptions, ongoing maintenance and compliance with permit conditions, as well situations within the rules where neither may be required. We also handle the variation, transfer, and full or partial surrender of environmental permits, providing all necessary documentation required by the Environment Agency, including the surrender report documenting site condition.
Do I need an Environmental Permit?
The original Environmental Permitting Regulations (2008) replaced the Waste Management Licensing (WML) and Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) legislation, thereby enabling a combined approach to permit applications, monitoring, surrender and enforcement. A business carrying out any ‘regulated activity’ is classed as an ‘operator’, and the site of such activity is a ‘regulated facility’ (including mobile plant).
The EPR obliges operators to quantify manage the risks associated with their activities and is particularly concerned with actual or potential ‘discharges’ to the environment, be that air, water or land. These may be permitted discharges subject to volume or concentration limits, such as trade effluent or land spreading, or in the case of installations such as scrap metal recyclers, hazardous waste sites or chemical plants a permit may require measures to prevent potential discharges from the installation. In many cases, an environmental management system must be put in place to control, document and record the management of the permitted activities.
Advantages of using environmental permitting consultants
There are many types of environmental permit, covering all kinds of regulated activities, and the many different criteria and information requirements for each can make environmental permit applications a complex process. Handling these on a daily basis means we are already familiar with the kind of permit your activity will fall under and what level of assessment, management and mitigation measures will be required. We have worked with many business in industries from farming and food processing, to waste treatment ship dismantling. Detailed knowledge allow us to streamline the permitting process, providing the regulator with all information required, ensuring right first time applications and timely approval.
Depending on the type of activity being permitted, and the scale of the facility, the permit application may be required to consider all potential environmental impacts. Our background in environmental science allows us to draw up technical documents such as bioaerosol, ecological or human health risk assessments in house. Being experienced ISO 14001 consultants also enables us to develop and implement and straightforward environmental management system (EMS) should this be a requirement of your permit.
Our professionalism as environmental permitting consultants means you can rely on us to maintain contact with the regulator and keep you up to date on the progress of your application (a standard or bespoke permit application can take up to three months to be processed by the EA).
Applying for an Environmental Permit Exemption
Acting on your behalf in registering an environmental permit exemption, we can ensure the correct exemption is applied for, before preparing and submitting all required information. With our environmental permitting exemption services, we also provide a reminder so that you don’t forget to reapply for your exemption when it expires.
Subject certain checks and conditions known as basic rules, in some cases these activities may not even require exemption.
Activities potentially eligible for exemption include those classed as:
- water discharges;
- disposing of waste;
- storing waste;
- treating waste;
- using waste
From fully managed applications for both standard and bespoke environmental permits, to provision of any individual elements required in support of these, we can ensure the process runs as efficiently as possible to get your facility up and running and in compliance. We can also undertake ongoing reviews to ensure your operations are complying with any environmental permit already in place. It’s worth noting that the regulators charges are based on an operators’ ‘Operational risk appraisal (Opra) score’ which is takes into account the operators compliance band points compliance among other things.
Please get in touch via the contact us page to request a proposal, or simply an informal chat with an environmental permitting consultant.