Effect of exemptions review on Environment Agency low risk positions

How the Environment Agency will regulate operations that were covered by low risk positions prior to the exemptions review.


Low risk positions that cannot benefit from an exemption and require a regulatory position: RPS 056

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The exemptions review concluded that a number of waste operations currently covered by low risk positions could never benefit from an exemption because the Waste Framework Directive does not allow an exemption to be granted.

The Environment Agency recognises that as a result of this decision some operators using low risk positions will need a permit. We have identified operations where we believe it is not in the public interest to have a permit because this would act as a disincentive to good waste management practices. This guidance lists those operations.

Published 27 March 2014