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Important changes to emissions monitoring requirements

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The Environment Agency (EA) have produced a new Technical Guidance Note (TGN) entitled ‘M9: environmental monitoring of bioaerosols at regulated facilities’ and have released a draft for informal consultation. Click here to read the draft document. The EA are not undertaking a formal consultation but they have sent…

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Tags: food waste operators, EA, regulation, emissions, bioaerosols, environmental permitting, jess allan, monitoring, anaerobic digestion

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EA reviews waste exemptions

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Do you use waste exemptions? ADBA has been contacted by the Environment Agency (EA) requesting feedback specifically on the waste exemptions regime, which is being reviewed in the wider context of the ‘Cutting Red Tape Review’ (more info here). The review seeks to identify unnecessary barriers to growth…

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Tags: EA, biogas, Defra, food waste operators, Waste Regulations, environmental permitting, exemptions, AD, jess allan, regulatory forum, farm waste, agriculture

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New EA reports reveal environmental performance of AD

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The Environment Agency (EA) has published two reports this week which provide a summary of the environmental performance of industrial activities in England in 2014. The reports reveal both concerning and encouraging trends and statistics for the AD industry, which are discussed below. To view the Environment Agency reports in full,…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, environmental performance, biogas, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, food waste operators, regulation, News for members, jess allan, regulatory forum

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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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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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EA briefing note released on permitting for crop residues

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Following pressure from operators, the EA have provided clarity on their approach to ‘crop residues’ used in AD plants. The new briefing note can be downloaded here. This clarifies their definition of crop residues as follows:We are referring here to crop residues in the sense that they are ‘production…

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Tags: crop residues, crops, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, farm, farm AD, farm waste, Matt Hindle, permitting, Waste

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ADBA responds to proposed changes to landspreading permits

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This week ADBA has submitted a response to an Environment Agency discussion paper on possible changes to the standard rules permit for spreading digestate (and other materials) to farmland as a waste. You can download a copy of our response here, and we would like to thank those members who…

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Tags: digestate, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, landspreading, Matt Hindle, permitting, standard rules

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Your chance to feed in to new landspreading guidance

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The Environment Agency have published a paper for discussion on a revised standard rules permit for land spreading. These will be subject to formal consultation in the autumn, but this exercise allows us to see an early version of their proposals and comment on any issues before they become part…

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Tags: digestate, digestate handling, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, farming, landspreading, Matt Hindle, permitting, spreading

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July permitting update published

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The EA have published their latest update on permitting changes for plants subject to the industrial emissions directive, which you can download here. This doesn’t contain many changes from previous updates, but is a timely reminder for plants which need to apply to vary their permit by the end…

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

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AD operators: opportunity to contribute to new permitting regime

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As previous updates have said, the process of producing Europe-wide reference documents for Best Available Techniques (BAT) in waste treatment is underway. This could have a huge impact on environmental permitting for AD sites. Once the BAT Reference Document (BREF) is published all existing permits will be reviewed, and some…

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Tags: BREF, EA, Environment Agency, environmental permitting, Europe, European Commission, Matt Hindle, permitting

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