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Detail of outcome
The document summarises:
- the responses to the consultation questions
- our responses
- the decisions we have made
- the actions we will take as a consequence
These are set out in turn for each of the 3 sets of proposals.
Detail of feedback received
The consultation invited views on whether we have correctly identified the risks associated with each activity and whether the new sets of rules are appropriate to manage the environmental risks.
We invited comments on 3 sets of proposals, seeking views from operators, trade associations and businesses, other regulators, the public, community groups and non-governmental organisations with an interest in environmental issues.
Responses from this consultation will be used to inform new and amended standard rules and the generic risk assessments.
The proposals include:
the withdrawal of 4 existing standard rules which allow a range of wastes to be used in construction and land reclamation activities. This is being proposed as we have identified a risk to groundwater from some of these waste types in some locations. They will be replaced with a single set of rules which will be more restrictive on the type of waste permissible and location at which they can be adopted. These changes will better protect groundwater quality
the revision of 4 standard rules covering land spreading and digestate storage activities. The changes will introduce additional restrictions to ensure better environmental protection. There will also be new provisions providing operators greater flexibility in the size of area and choice of acceptable wastes they can spread. We also want to make minor changes to definitions and wording to improve clarity and consistency
3 significant changes that affect 13 existing standard rules permits for soil recycling
We want to:
add some advisory text on the need to meet end of waste status for recovered materials
modify waste acceptance procedures for soils from known or suspected contaminated sites
clarify authorised treatment activities for mobile plant permits for the treatment of soils, materials and products to allow segregation and sorting activities as well as associated recovery activities.
What the response will be used for
We will use the consultation responses to decide whether we will publish the rules and if the controls provided are appropriate for this activity.