Environmental Permitting is required for any activity that could potentially harm the environment or human health and the permit gives the holder permission to carry out these activities at a specific location or locations. Each permit sets conditions, which if followed, will protect the environment and human health.
In its simplest form, if an activity or project is using, treating, disposing or storing waste, discharging water, producing food and drink or intensively farming pigs or poultry then the site and operator will most likely need to obtain an environmental permit from the regulator; if within England this is usually the Environment Agency.
There are three key permit categories defined by the Environment Agency; Exemptions, Standard Permits and Bespoke Permits.
An Environmental Permit can be applied for at any time of the year but may be restricted by the level of information required for the application, particularly if a bespoke permit is required.
HalpinRobbins work closely with our clients' to get an good understanding of their sites, projects and operations to ensure that we guide them to and through the best Environmental Permitting option for their specific needs. For a better idea about our projects and work involving Environmental Permitting see our case studies or contact us to discuss your project.
*The Regulations require sites with Environmental Permits to demonstrate competence to run the site. This has previously been achieved by having at least one suitably trained person on site that has a Certificate of Technical Competence and, since March 2009, has passed a test of Continuing Competence every two years since gaining the certificate. A new system has now been introduced where a business can put in place necessary procedures on the back of ISO 9001 to satisfy the competence requirements through its processes.
Both Bespoke and Standard environmental permits require the holders to have and environmental management system or plan in place for the type of works being undertaken. This can be a certified system such as ISO14001 or a non-certified system; the latter will be required to meet the regulators accepted standards.
Our staff maintain and enhance their knowledge of ecology and the environment through research, specialist training and by maintaining membership of several professional and specialist bodies including:
If you wish to find out more about permitting, ecology services or to discuss a project or development please contact us directly for a free, non-committal discussion.
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