Environmental management – collection

Operational risk appraisal (Opra)

The Environment Agency uses Opra to assess the risk to the environment from sites they regulate with environmental permits.

The operational risk appraisal (Opra) assessment provides a risk rating which the Environment Agency (EA) can use to allocate its regulatory resources and to determine how much a business will be charged for an activity.

Opra looks at what activity is being done, where it is done and how it is done. This allows the Environment Agency to target resources at those facilities that pose the greatest risk to the environment. The EA work with good performers so they can continue to protect the environment effectively and improve their performance. The EA take action against unacceptable performance.

Opra: environmental permitting

Operational risk appraisal for environmental permits.

  1. Opra for EPR: Operational risk appraisal

    • Guidance

Opra: non-nuclear RSR

Non-nuclear RSR (Radioactive Substances Regulation) Opra (operational risk appraisal)

  1. Radioactive substances regulation: non-nuclear RSR Opra scheme

    • Guidance

Opra: charges

The relevant section within the charging document will tell you if and how Opra applies. Some permits are not subject to Opra.

  1. Environmental permitting charges scheme: guidance from April 2014

    • Statutory guidance