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Updates on charges and compliance from the Environment Agency

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Our Regulatory Forum is a great opportunity for ADBA members to hear directly from the regulators and put concerns or queries to them. Yesterday, we were pleased to welcome the Environment Agency’s Nick Green to present the latest. This blog summarises the main points made by Nick, and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, food waste operators, Environment Agency, regulatory forum, environmental permitting, permitting charges

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Regulatory Forum a great success – thank you to all involved!

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Thanks to a great set of speakers and a lively audience, ADBA’s Spring Regulatory Forum proved an interesting and thought-provoking day. Huge thanks to our hosts, Clarke Willmott, who provided an excellent venue and refreshments at their Bristol office. Thanks also to all those who presented and attended…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, regulatory forum, regulation, environmental permitting, BREF

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ADBA on tour – visit to Copys Green AD plant

This week, Jon, Chris and I enjoyed a visit to Copys Green AD plant, which is operated by Dr Stephen Temple (JF Temple & Son Ltd). The site is located in rural Norfolk and it was a treat for us to get out of London and into the countryside on…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, farm AD, on-farm AD, best practice scheme

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SEPA releases position statement on use of crop residues in AD

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published a position statement clarifying its regulatory position on the use of crop residues (such as misshapen or undersized fruit and vegetables) when used in an AD plant with a capacity up to 100 tonnes per day. The position statement says: ‘Crop residues…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, SEPA, permitting, waste regulation, Scotland

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Best Practice Scheme for AD – get involved!

The Best Practice Scheme for AD is now well on its way to the launch of a pilot scheme in July. We are currently in the process of drafting the documents that will set out how the scheme will work and the criteria that AD operators would need to…

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Environment Agency proposes major overhaul of operator performance assessment

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Last week I attended a workshop run by the Environment Agency (EA) which focussed on how they intend to change their approach to assessing the performance of the operators that they regulate. The review covers all of the sectors regulated by the EA and is separate but potentially linked to…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, Environment Agency, regulation, environmental permitting

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Environment Agency to update ADBA members at Regulatory Forum

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There is now about a month left to go until our Spring 2017 Regulatory Forum, which is taking place on 23rd May at Clarke Willmott's office in Bristol. As well as the chance to hear from a range of leading experts in the AD industry, attendees will hear an…

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Information request – survey on use of landspreading deployment permits

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We have been made aware of a potential issue regarding the use of landspreading deployment permits (i.e. spreading of digestate under Standard Rules SR2010 No. 4) which we would like to better understand. A summary of the potential issue is provided at the end of this blog. At this stage,…

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Environment Agency shares information on fire risk in activated carbon

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The Environment Agency (EA) has shared a technical guide on the fire risk associated with activated carbon. Click here to view the guide. The guide contains useful information on the fire risk factors associated with carbon filters - useful information for operators to have. As we wrote in a blog…

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Tags: Environment Agency, fire prevention, anaerobic digestion, biogas, carbon filters

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ADBA to contribute to industry guidance on bioaerosols

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Last week I represented ADBA at a meeting about bioaerosols – a topic that has been discussed previously by ADBA’s own Training, Safety and Environment working group. The meeting was of a sub-group of WISH’s ‘Creating Healthier Workplace Group’ and has been set up…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, bioaerosols, HSE, CIWM, health and safety

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Ensuring safe design - new information sheet on CDM regulations

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As part of our project to develop a Best Practice Scheme for AD, the project's steering group has produced a short information sheet on the importance of ensuring safe design when developing AD plants. The guide focuses on the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, which place…

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Make sure you’re ready for the Best Practice Scheme

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As you are probably aware, ADBA is working with members to lead the development of the Best Practice Scheme (BPS) for AD plants. The voluntary scheme, which aims to help operators achieve high standards of environmental protection, health and safety and operational performance, will consist of a certification process and…

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Spring Regulatory Forum 23rd May - programme takes shape

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Our Spring Regulatory Forum will be held on 23rd May in Bristol, kindly hosted by Clarke Willmott. If you would like to attend this free event, please contact Cheryl Murdoch at Cheryl.murdoch@adbioresources.org. The programme is taking shape, including the following sessions which promise to provide delegates…

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ADBA Working Group to focus on odour management

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ADBA’s Training, Safety and Environment working group met this week to discuss the ongoing actions that they are currently working on. The meeting was hosted by CQA International, who provided an excellent lunch – thank you to Darren Bland and colleagues. This blog provides a brief summary of…

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SEPA publishes food waste management guidance and end of waste position for digestate

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has now published two documents relevant to the AD industry in Scotland: Food Waste Management Guidance (new) Position Statement on the regulation of digestate (revised)  SEPA consulted on these two documents in 2016 and undertook industry engagement with operators and other stakeholders in Scotland.…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, food waste operators, biogas, digestate, SEPA

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