Wastewater utility companies face a contentious question: At what point in the sewage treatment process does the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations stop and where do the Environmental Permitting Regulations commence?
We are well positioned to aid wastewater businesses across England and Wales assess the risk and compliance requirements to their businesses. We have a combination of 16 years of experience in delivering environmental permitting, aiding the wastewater utility sector, risk assessment methodologies and negotiating appropriate risk based solutions with the Environment Agency.
The Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2013 SI 390, published in February 2013 transpose the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU). Of particular interest to the wastewater utility businesses across England and Wales will be the potential changes imposed around the treatment of non-hazardous waste by biological or physic-chemical treatment. Paragraph 36 in the regulations introduces a new section 5.3 into the original Pollution Prevention Control Act 1999. This brings the requirements of the Environmental Permitting Regulations to apply to the recovery or a mix of recovery and disposal of non-hazardous waste with a capacity of >75 tonnes per day or 100 tonnes if the treatment is anaerobic digestion.
There is an exclusion for activities covered by the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) (in the UK urban Waste water Treatment Regulations 1994 SI 2841). The point of much contention over many years remains as what point in the sewage treatment process does the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations stop and where do the Environmental Permitting Regulations commence. This could be either when the sewage solids have been removed from the wastewater or after the sewage solids have been treated. There are also many different site specific circumstances that need to be taken into account as well.
For further information on how we can provide Environmental Permitting support covering wastewater and sewage please contact us.