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Waste Treatment BREF at final stage before publication

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Earlier this week it was confirmed that the draft Best Available Techniques (BAT) conclusions for waste treatment received a positive opinion by the IED Article 75 Committee last Thursday 12th April. This is also referred to as the Waste Treatment BREF. This means that the final version of the draft Commission…

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APHA confirms charges for inspections to be introduced

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In 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) consulted on the introduction of fees for their services, including inspections required under the Animal By-Product Regulations (ABPR), which AD plants may be subject to if they handle and treat animal by-products. This is in a bid to achieve full cost recovery…

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Free operator workshop to help enhance plant performance

On 14th May, ADBA is holding a free operator workshop in partnership with the Environment Agency and National Farmers Union. Operators can register their space by emailing me at jessica.allan@adbioresources.org. Space is limited so please do register as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss…

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New Defra rules for farmers have taken effect

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New requirements for farmers, which relate to the use of manures and fertilisers and are intended to prevent water pollution, have now taken effect. As we reported in February, Defra has published guidance to explain the new rules, which now apply to farmers in England. The rules arise…

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Guest blog: Steve Bungay shares his thoughts on the opening up of the sludge market

Steve Bungay, Technical Director at Helix Environmental Consultancy Ltd Wastewater Matters originally reported on Ofwat’s plans for deregulation of the sludge market as part of the Water 2020 programme, back in our Newsletter of May 2016. Sixteen months later deregulation is still being actively pursued, although it now looks…

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Environment Agency’s Definition of Waste Panel set to reopen in June 2018

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In it's Strategic Review of Charges, the Environment Agency (EA) proposed to reinstate the suspended Definition of Waste Panel - which closed in 2016 due to lack of resources. The panel is set to open from June 2018, with a new charge for the service; click here to read the…

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Operators - register your interest in a free operator workshop

On 14th May, ADBA will be teaming up with the Environment Agency and National Farmers Union to hold a free workshop for AD operators. While the day is open to all operators, we are particularly targeting the day towards operators of smaller plants and agricultural or crop-fed plants. The workshop…

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Training, Safety and Environment working group hold useful meeting

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Last week our Training, Safety and Environment working group met for a day of useful discussions around regulation and good practice around plant design, maintenance and operation. With involvement from ADBA members and the regulators (Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive), the group tackles the most pressing issues facing…

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Environment Agency confirms most fee changes to come into effect from April

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At the beginning of 2018, ADBA submitted a robust response to the Environment Agency’s Strategic Review of Charges consultation. To read our response, click here. ADBA expressed significant concerns on behalf of our members, particularly regarding the scale of charge increases for the biowaste sector and the speed that…

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Celebrating the first AD plant certified under the AD Certification Scheme

Earlier this year, we were delighted to announce that Granville Ecopark had been successfully certified under the AD Certification Scheme, which was opened in December 2017. This is a fantastic achievement for the team operating this plant and we are pleased that they have worked with us to produce a short…

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Free legal advice clinics at ADBA Regulatory Forum

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ADBA’s Regulatory Forum is a must-attend event for those working in the AD sector, as regulation and compliance has an impact on the majority of organisations involved in building and operating AD plants. The programme for the next forum (on 24th May in Leeds) is shaping up nicely,…

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Environment Agency to give in-depth update on Medium Combustion Plant Directive at Regulatory Forum

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At ADBA's Regulatory Forum on 24 May in Leeds, the Environment Agency is to give a detailed presentation on how the Medium Combustion Plant Directive will be implemented and how this will affect AD operators. Members are strongly encouraged to attend this event, which will include time for questions. The…

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Defra consults on technical competence and management systems - give your views

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As reported previously, Defra is consulting on a range of proposals relating primarily to waste crime but also to several topics more relevant to AD: Management Systems Technical Competence Financial Competence The proposals relating to these aspects generally involve increasing consistency and clarity in terms of the regulatory requirements across…

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Defra to speak about ammonia emissions action at ADBA Regulatory Forum

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We are delighted to announce that Defra's Air Quality team will be attending our Regulatory Forum on 24 May in Leeds, to present their work on ammonia emissions in the AD industry. Ammonia emissions to atmosphere may occur during digestate storage and spreading, but can be managed through the use…

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Reminder – Countryside Productivity Small Grants open for applications

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The Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The scheme is currently open to applications, with the application window running from 7 February to 14 March. Applications must be made by a farmer and is only open to farmers…

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