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Regulatory Update: Environment Agency update for regulatory stakeholders

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On the 24th June the Environment Agency’s provided an update for its regulatory stakeholders and latest coronavirus update from Marie Fallon (Director of Regulated Industry) and David Dangerfield (Director of Water, Land and Biodiversity). The latest operational update can be found here. The EA are continuing to recognise…

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Update: ADBA and REA survey on treating surplus organic waste generated by Covid-19 lockdown

Following ADBA's work with regulators, government, industry and each nations National Farmers Union we have compiled data from nearly 60 plants regarding spare capacity, which has been mapped out and sent to industry and regulators alongside ADBA and REA contact details. The data map and ADBA and REA contact details…

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Tags: sam hinton, Defra, Environment Agency, NFU, nfu cymru, nfus, capacity, Survey, c19, feedstock

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Weekly update from ADBA’S Support Manager

Nitrates and SSAFO Regulatory Review Recently I attended the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs review of the Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2015 following its 5 years since publication. The review, following ministerial decision, is inclusive of the SSAFO regulations. A few key points from the meeting were: The SSAFO review…

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Tags: environmental regulation, standard rules permits, Defra, Environment Agency, ADBA members, regulatory forum, sam hinton, ellis owen

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EA Fire Prevention Plan Trial Template for Operators

On the 9th January 2020 the Environment Agency – EA – issued a trial template for sites to develop a Fire Prevention Plan in response to feedback they have received. The objectives of the trial are to: Make it easier for Operators to provide the information that Permitting Officers need to…

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A review of the re-invigorated Training, Safety and Environmental Management Working Group

This week, ABDA re-launched its Training, Safety and Environmental Management Working Group (TSEM WG), which brings together regulators, operators, consultants, and other related industry bodies. The TSEM WG now incorporates aspects from the working groups previously known as Best Practice, Planning and Permitting and Standards and Accreditation. Singleton Birch hosted…

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Tags: Working Group, tsemwg, training, safety and environment, HSE, Environment Agency, Defra, ADBA, adcs, sam hinton

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Important Call for Evidence – Waste Quality Protocols Review

The Environment Agency are in the process of reviewing the QPs for Compost, Anaerobic Digestate, and Poultry Litter Ash. At this point no decision has been made as to whether the Environment Agency (EA) will continue or withdraw its support for these QPs. ADBA would like your input so we…

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EA communications following the Biowaste Regulatory Forum

Following a recent Biowaste Regulatory Forum meeting with the Environment Agency (EA), trade associations and industry bodies, it has become clear that more communication is needed on suitable materials for seeding anaerobic digestion facilities during their commissioning phase and the need for a suitable authorisation to have been obtained. …

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Industry news, upcoming training and ADBA’s new Technical Support Manager

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Last week, the Environment Agency prosecuted two farming companies who caused a serious pollution incident, which impacted groundwater and killed numerous fish in a nearby pond that has meant a penalty of £28,000. An AD site was one of the two farming companies that was penalised due to poor maize…

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Tags: UK AD & Biogas, Environment Agency, ad certification scheme

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Workshop plans for future co-digestion regime

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Last week I attended a workshop with a number of stakeholders from the world of anaerobic digestion, sewage sludge treatment and regulation to discuss how we can take forward plans to make the regulatory environment for co-treatment of sewage sludge and other feedstocks more reflective of the benefits and risks…

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Tags: co-digestion, food waste, sewage sludge, Ofwat, Environment Agency

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AD operators face new permitting and emissions requirements – top tips for preparing for regulatory

With many sectors about to be affected by the Medium Combustion Plant Directive, Jess Allan (Principal Consultant at WYG and former Environment and Regulation Manager at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association) asks whether the AD industry is ready and sets out three top tips for operators.   What is…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, mcpd, medium combustion plant directive, jess allan, wyg, Environment Agency, air quality and emissions show, permitting, CHP, standard rules permits, emissions

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ADBA discusses future AD regulation with Environment Agency and other stakeholders

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On Wednesday I attended the Biowaste Regulatory Forum with the Environment Agency (EA) and other industry groups. Given the number of EA officers attending, AD and the biowaste sector more widely are clearly an area of growing importance to the EA. Some of the issues discussed were: Plastics - the…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, Defra, Environment Agency, Ollie More

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ADBA makes the case for pragmatic approach to environmental regulation

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Today ADBA's Ollie More made the case to the Environment Agency's Regulated Business Forum for a pragmatic approach to environmental regulation. The AD industry has already been hit by higher charges, a consultation on new rules for permitted plants, the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) this year, and…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, food waste operators, medium combustion plant directive, Environment Agency, environmental regulation, environmental permitting, Ollie More

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Permit update: up flow sludge blanket digesters

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Following consultation earlier this year the Environment Agency has proceeded to withdraw their position statement whereby use of up flow anaerobic sludge blanket anaerobic digestion systems with manure and slurry feedstock on farms did not require an environmental permit. Further information on this is available here. Please get in…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, environmental permitting, Environment Agency, farm slurry, manure, thom koller

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EA propose stricter permit conditions - don’t forget to have your say

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As we reported in early July, the EA is currently running a call for evidence on permitting. This includes many proposals relevant to the AD sector, and in general involves more specific, stricter permit conditions. Please click here to read our blog which included some analysis and an initial response. …

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

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ADBA attends Defra Biowaste Regulatory Forum

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This week I attended the Biowaste Regulatory Forum, which brings together Defra, the environmental regulators and industry bodies. The main points discussed at the meeting were: Environment Agency update Kathy Nicholls from the Environment Agency (EA) expressed ongoing EA concerns around containment failures. Overall, serious incidents have reduced to about 9…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, regulation, biowaste regulatory forum, Environment Agency, Defra, permitting, digestate, plastics, digestate quality

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