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Waste Treatment BREF – final draft released

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Last week, the final draft of the second version of the Waste Treatment Best Available Technique Reference Document (referred to as the BREF document) was released. This document will have implications for any permitted AD plant which has the capacity to treat 100 tonnes or more per day – known as …

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, permitting, Environment Agency, BREF, waste treatment bref, food waste operators

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Regulatory Forum round-up: debate and discussion in Leeds

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ADBA's Regulatory Forum: keeping members informed Earlier this week, myself and ADBA’s Membership Manager, Alex Monks, headed up to Leeds to hold our Autumn Regulatory Forum event. Alex and I were pleased to see a great mix of delegates, including operators, consultants, regulators, developers and insurance experts.…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, regulatory forum, Environment Agency, permitting, charges, natural resources wales, SEPA, HSE

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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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Have your say on Secondary Containment guidance

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The EA have made clear at ADBA’s recent regulatory forum (see presentation by Viv Dennis) and in other meetings that they remain concerned about containment failure incidents in the AD industry. Our Training, Safety and Environment Management Working Group has been working on secondary containment guidance for the…

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Tags: ADBA, anaerobic digestion, AD, biogas, Training and Safety, Environment Agency, permitting, secondary containment, best practice, jess allan, Matt Hindle, ciria, containment, environmental performance

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Food waste meetings: regulation and environmental performance updates

Food waste policy and regulation was in focus this week. ADBA’s Food Waste Operators met in Birmingham on Wednesday, while Jess and I also represented members at DECC’s Biowaste Regulatory Forum (BRF). The BRF is a regular meeting between DECC, the EA and the waste trade…

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Tags: food waste, biowaste, EA, permitting, best practice, Environment Agency, Defra, jess allan, Matt Hindle, food waste operators, environmental permitting, biogas, anaerobic digestion

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Training and Safety: comment on syllabus and meeting at UK AD & Biogas 2015

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As you may know ADBA’s Training, Safety and Environment Management Working Group has been working on a draft syllabus for operator training. This is designed to help improve operational standards, meeting the needs of developers, operators, regulators and insurers. We are now looking for comments on this from…

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Tags: Training and Safety, food waste operators, crop operators, training, secondary containment, permitting, environmental permitting, best practice, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Matt Hindle

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Urgent comments needed on future of permitting

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As those of you who attended our Regulatory Forum are aware, the process for revising the waste treatment BREF is well underway. Yesterday, we received a copy of the Austrian analysis of the questionnaires completed by waste treatment sites across Europe, including some UK AD sites. You can download a…

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Tags: BREF, permitting, environmental permitting, biofilters, European Commission, EU, EA, Matt Hindle, regulatory forum, food waste, food waste operators

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Updates from ADBA Regulatory Forum

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ADBA's latest Regulatory Forum took place in Leeds last Thursday, with forty ADBA members gathering to hear updates from the key regulatory bodies and discuss the implications of changing regulation. Robert Starr, from hosts Walker Morris, opened the day with a presentation on enforcement undertakings, and the role that…

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Tags: regulatory forum, ADBA events, digestate, biogas, anaerobic digestion, Matt Hindle, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, BREF, COMAH, landspreading, IED, permitting, Defra, apha, HSE, health and safety, food waste, crop operators, food waste operators, European Commission

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EA regulatory position statement clarifies Standard Rules can cover biofilters and biogas upgrading

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The EA has released a regulatory position statement clarifying that operators can use biofilters or biogas upgrading systems under current Standard Rules permits, pending their revision in the autumn. The position statement is available to download here. This addresses an anomoly in the current approach. In the EA's words: …

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Tags: EA, Environment Agency, emissions, standard rules, permits, environmental permitting, permitting, biomethane to grid, biofilters, anaerobic digestion, biogas, biomethane, Matt Hindle

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Future of permitting: update on the BREF process

The Environment Agency have contacted operators who have agreed to take part in data collection for the waste treatment BREF process this week, to clarify final pieces of information. The BREF (Best available treatment REFerence document) will be used as a basis for future environmental permitting regulations once implemented, so…

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Tags: EA, permitting, anaerobic digestion, biogas, environmental permitting, regulation, Environment Agency, Matt Hindle, AD, ADBA events, food waste operators

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EA permit refusal documents available

There has been fairly widespread coverage of a refused permit application for a large pig farm in Derbyshire today. Most of the media reports have focussed on the potential odour and pollution from the general operation of the pig farm, which were the principal reasons for the refusal.  However,…

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Tags: EA, permitting, environmental permitting, Environment Agency, Matt Hindle

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EA risk assessments for AD plants changing

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We have been notified by the EA that they are starting a new programme of health and safety screening assessments at the AD plants they regulate across the country. This has the following aims and components:  The screening work will consist of desk-based assessments focussing on the written…

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Tags: EA, permitting, health and safety, Matt Hindle, Environment Agency

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Regulator Day discusses key environmental issues

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ADBA's second regulator day on Thursday 16 October, hosted by Walker Morris in Leeds, featured a packed agenda of environmental and health and safety regulatory issues. Our notes of the key issues discussed are provided below.   BREF EA updated the meeting on progress towards a Europe-wide 'Best Available Technique'…

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Tags: Matt Hindle, regulator day, permitting, COMAH, digestate, EA, HSE, Environment Agency, food waste operators, crop operators

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Waste plants: are you having a say in the future of permitting?

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The Environment Agency have reported that they have now received 24 questionnaires out of an expected 71 for the UK. These questionnaires will provide the information which the Commission will use to set new permitting rules for large waste plants. The deadline for checking and posting on to the Bureau&rsquo…

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Tags: permitting, BREF, EA, Environment Agency, Matt Hindle

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Update on permitting, regulation and end of waste

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Earlier today I attended a meeting in Defra on biowaste regulation. Below are some notes and updates for members. For food waste operators, the update below on the development of fertilizer regulations - which builds on European End of Waste Work - is particularly important. Sector Performance The Environment Agency…

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Tags: Defra, EA, End of waste, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, fertilizer directive, Matt Hindle, permitting, regulation, Waste

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