Pollution from industrial and commercial sources (installations) is controlled by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR) and its amendments. It is the responsibility of the Environment Agency (EA) and Local Authorities (LA) to enforce the Regulations. The EA regulates the most polluting industrial installations under Part A of EPR, and LA’s regulate the less polluting installations under Part B and Part A(2) of the Regulations.
Under EPR pollution is controlled by a permit system, an environmental permit contains a set of conditions relating to pollution control measures, it is illegal for an installation to operate without an environmental permit if it is listed in the Regulations. Two categories of installation are regulated by LA’s, these are:
For ‘Part A(2)′ installations councils have to control emissions to land, water and air and environmental considerations such as noise, whilst for the ‘Part B’ installations only emissions to air are controlled. The DEFRA website provides a list of Part A(2) activities and Part B activities, for each one there is a link to the relevant process guidance note which describes the process and the controls required. Operators of any of these activities must use the “best available techniques” (BAT) to minimise emissions from the process. BAT is defined as “the most effective and advanced stage in the development of activities and their methods of operation which indicates the practical suitability of particular techniques for providing in principle the basis for emission limit values designed to prevent and, where that is not practicable, generally to reduce emissions and the impact on the environment as a whole”. Process guidance notes are the official guidance on what constitutes BAT for each installation. Operators will also find it useful to read DEFRA’s ‘General Guidance Manual on Policy and Procedures for A2 and B Installations’.
Authorities are required to keep a register of “permitted” processes in the Borough and this can be inspected by contacting your local authority, you can also see a list of industrial processes on the air quality map.
To search for businesses near you that have a Part A environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency visit ‘what’s in your backyard’.
An operator may:
Download an application form to transfer an existing permit for a part A2 installation (49mb) Download an application form to transfer an existing permit for a part B installation (49mb) Download a form to apply for temporary transfer for mobile plant for a part B process (30mb)
Applicants are advised to consult the DEFRA website for details for current fees and charges.
Pollution Control Team, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH
Pollution Team, Development & Environment, London Borough of Croydon, 10th Floor Zone B, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA
Environment Protection Team, Wearside Service Centre, Wearside Road, Lewisham, SE13 7EZ
Environmental Health Section, Environment and Regeneration, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX
Pollution Team, Regulatory Services Partnership, London Boroughs of Merton and Richmond upon Thames, 2nd Floor Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Environmental Health Team, London Borough of Sutton, Civic Offices, St. Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA
Administration Department, Environmental Service Public Health, Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU