Certain processes that have a potential to release substances to air, for example concrete batching plants, quarries, petrol stations and pet food manufacturers, require a permit to operate under the provisions of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016. The permit will specify what controls must be in place to minimise releases from the process to acceptable standards.
Section 12 states that a person can only operate a ‘regulated facility’ when an environmental permit has been applied for and granted. A permit contains conditions that must be complied with to ensure that any emissions to air are minimised. An annual subsistence charge must also be paid.
We currently have 70 facilities that have “Part B” or “Part A2” Environmental Permits operating within Carmarthenshire. Their details can be seen in the Public Register.
There are three tiers of regulation:
Part A1 (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control – “IPPC”) installations involve activities that can result in the release of substances to land, air or water (or a combination of all). These installations are usually large and complex and are regulated by Natural Resources Wales.
Part A2 (Local Authority – Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control “LA-IPPC”) installations (like Part A1) involve activities that can result in the release of substances to land, air or water, but tend not to be as large or as complex as Part A1 processes. These installations are regulated by ourselves.
Part B (Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control – “LAPPC”) installations involve activities where only releases to air are relevant, and are regulated by ourselves.
It is the aim of each of these regulatory regimes to prevent emissions, or where this is not practically possible, reduce them to acceptable standards.
Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 sets out where within the regulatory regime each activity falls.
For detailed guidance visit the Defra website. For information about fees and charges, visit the Welsh Government website.
If you are an operator considering applying for an environmental permit and have any queries, please contact us.