The Pollution Prevention Control Act 1999
Local authorities and the Environment Agency regulate industrial processes to ensure the reduction and prevention of emissions to air, water and land.
The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 cover separate but linked systems of pollution control:
- Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) which covers category A (1) installations regulated by the Environment Agency (EA)
- Local Authority (LA) Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) which covers A (2) installations regulated by the LA
- Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) which covers Part B installations regulated by the LA
Under the LAPPC and LAIPPC, this council is responsible for the permitting and inspecting of all Part A (2) and Part B installations to check compliance with permit conditions.
Part B installations are those that have the potential to cause air pollution only and include activities such as vehicle respraying and unloading of petrol. Part A (2) installations are those that have the potential to cause air pollution and pollution to land and water e.g. manufacture of bricks.
Variation and permit review
The council must be informed of any planned change to the process that may have an input on the environment. The operator must notify the council in writing at least 14 days prior to making the change.
Fees and charges
The fees and charges associated with local authority environmental regulation are set out annually by Defra. There are fees to apply for a permit and also annual subsidence fee which are based upon an installation specific environmental risk. For more information, including the fees and charges can be seen on the Defra website.
Application forms and register
Use the links below to download Part B and Part A (2) permit application forms and a list of current installations in the district:
Clean Air Act 1993
Part I of this Act deals with controlling emissions of dark and black smoke from chimneys serving furnaces of fixed boilers or industrial plant. It also deals with emissions of dark smoke from industrial or trade premises caused by burning materials in the open. Subject to certain limited exemptions, emission of dark or black smoke is an offence.
Under Part II of the Act, no furnace or a fixed boiler in a building used for commercial activities can be installed without prior notification to the local authority. The furnace must be capable of operating continuously without emitting smoke using the fuel for which it is designed. The Act requires certain types of furnaces, including those burning pulverised fuel (but excluding those covered under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and domestic furnaces), to be fitted with grit and dust arrestment plant approved by the local authority. To avoid ground level air conditions becoming prejudicial to health or a nuisance because of chimney smoke, chimney heights from furnaces need to be approved by the local authority. As part of the approval process, an assessment is made of the final chimney height to avoid downdraught or down-wash created by the chimney itself, by adjacent buildings or local topography.
For more information please contact the Environmental Protection and Licensing Team on 01594 812442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org