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Industrial Emissions

Defra has produced further guidance (lexisurl.com/iema11568) on the EU Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) which supersedes the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive and consolidates six other Directives – related to large combustion plants (2001/80/EC), solvent emissions (1999/13/EC), waste incineration (2000/76/EC) and the production of titanium dioxide (78/176/EEC, 82/883/EEC and 92/112/EEC) – into one new, streamlined and strengthened law. The Directive came into force on 6th January 2011 and member states have two years to apply the IED in their national legislation.

Environmental Permitting

As part of its regulatory guidance series, the Environment Agency has published a new version of its guide to the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2010 (lexisurl.com/iema11567)
The changes since the previous version, released in April 2010, relate to best available technique, setting emission limit values in permits for installations, the Waste Framework Directive and the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The operator is normally responsible for proposing how it intends to meet the requirements of the Regulations, but the guidance explains how the agency will determine the requirements that apply to a particular activity. It is mainly aimed at the permitting stage but some elements will be relevant to tasks such as permit reviews and compliance assessment.

Emissions Monitoring / Waste Competence Schemes

The Environment Agency (EA) has revised its quick guide on emissions monitoring (lexisurl.com/iema11564) It describes the requirements for selecting new continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS) for industrial installations regulated by the agency, and how the EA applies its Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS). The latest version (2.2) was issued in December 2011, replacing the previous guide, which was released in August 2011. The EA’s Frequently Asked Questions publication on waste technical competence schemes has also been updated (lexisurl.com/iema11565).

DECC Consultation on the Draft Climate Change Regulations 2012 and the Scheme Administration Charges

The Department of Energy & Climate Change are inviting views on the draft Climate Change Regulations 2012, and the Government response to the consultation on simplifying the Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) Scheme.
The draft Regulations appoint the Environment Agency as the Administrator of the scheme, sets out what a scheme participant will have to pay if they have failed their target and includes details of the proposed new penalty regime which the EA can impose for non-compliance under the scheme.
The consultation will end on 16th March 2012.

Further information can be found here.

Published: 01 February 2012

HSE Consultation on Proposals to revoke seven Statutory Instruments

The Health and Safety Executive is seeking views on the proposals to revoke six Regulations and one Order that have been identified as being redundant or that have been overtaken by more up-to-date Regulations. It is proposed that the following legislation be removed:

Anthrax Prevention Order 1971 etc (Revocation) Regulations 2005
• Employment Medical Advisory Service (Factories Act Orders etc Amendment) Order 1973
• Health and Safety (Foundries etc) (Metrication) Regulations 1981
• Non-ferrous Metals (Melting and Founding) Regulations 1962
• Pottery (Health and Welfare) Special Regulations 1950
• Pottery (Health etc) (Metrication) Regulations 1982
• Regulations for use of locomotives and waggons on lines and sidings in or used in connection with premises under the Factory and Workshop Act 1901 (1906) (1906 No.679)

The consultation will end on 12th March 2012.

Further information can be found here.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk

Published: 01 February 2012

Changes to Regulations for Retail and Private Petroleum Stores in Ireland

New legislation: The Dangerous Substances (Retail and Private Petroleum Stores) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
Amended legislation: The Dangerous Substances (Retail and Private Petroleum Stores) Regulations 1979
Who does this affect: Republic of Ireland – Operators of Retail and Private Petroleum Stores
When does this change take place: 1st January 2012

The Form Of Licence To Keep Petroleum Class I At Retail Store Or Private Store, as required by the 1979 Regulations, has been amended to prescribe that stores will not be eligible for a licence after 31 December 2012 unless they fully meet the requirements of the Dangerous Substances Act 1972, the Dangerous Substances (Retail and Private Petroleum Stores) Regulations 1979 to 2011 and any subsequent Regulations amending those Regulations.

The full text of the Regulations can be found here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Published: 01 February 2012

RIDDOR Reporting Revisions

New legislation: The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (Amendment) Regulations 2012
Amended legislation: The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
Who does this affect: Great Britain
When does this change take place: 6th April 2012

The RIDDOR Regulations have been amended so that from 6th April the period of incapacitation before the injury or accident needs to be reported to the HSE is increased from over three days to over seven days incapacitation.
The period of time that the responsible person has to submit the report is also increased from within ten days to within fifteen days of the accident.
Employers must, however, still keep a record of all occupational injuries or accidents resulting in over three days of incapacitation. These records must be kept for three years.

The full text of the Regulations can be found here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Published: 01 February 2012

Further Restrictions on Bituminous Coal in Ireland

New legislation:
Air Pollution Act, 1987 (Marketing, Sale and Distribution of Fuels) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2011
Air Pollution (Fixed Payment Notice) Regulations 2011
Amended legislation: The Air Pollution Act, 1987 (Marketing, Sale and Distribution of Fuels) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
Who does this affect: Republic of Ireland
When does this change take place: 3rd January 2012

The Marketing, Sale and Distribution of Fuels (Amendment No. 2) Regulations add an additional electoral division to the restricted area of Athlone and adds additional townlands to the restricted area of Clonmel within which the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous coal is prohibited.
The Fixed Payment Notice Regulations set out the form to be used by authorised persons when issuing fixed payment notices for breaches of certain provisions of the Air Pollution Act, 1987 (Marketing, Sale and Distribution of Fuels) Regulations 1998 to 2011, relating to the sale, marketing and distribution of certain fuels.

The full text of the Marketing, Sale and Distribution of Fuels (Amendment No. 2) Regulations can be found here.

Information on the first Marketing, Sale and Distribution of Fuels Amendment Regulations 2011 is available here.

The full text of the Fixed Payment Notice Regulations can be found here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Published: 01 February 2012

Regulations for Pollutant Release and Transfer Register in Ireland

New legislation: The Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Regulations 2011
Who does this affect: Republic of Ireland
When does this change take place: 20 December 2011

These Regulations establish an Irish pollutant release and transfer register in the form of a publicly accessible electronic database and provide the rules for its functioning, in order to give effect to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers.
The full text of the Regulations can be found here.

Further information is available here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Published: 01 February 2012

Amendments to the Plant Protection Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

New legislation: The Plant Protection Products (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
Amended legislation: The Plant Protection Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011
Who does this affect: Northern Ireland
When does this change take place: 29th February 2012

These Regulations amend the Plant Protection Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 by a few minor technical amendments.

The full text of the Regulations can be found here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Published: 01 February 2012

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