PPC guidance issued for industrial waste treatment

Guidance on the permitting of industrial waste treatment facilities under the pollution prevention and control regime was issued by the Environment Agency in February.1

Waste storage and treatment facilities, such as physico-chemical treatment plants and oil processors, will be brought under the regime between 2005 and 2007.

The guidance is very similar to that issued in relation to waste management licensing in 2002 (ENDS Report 329, pp 41-42 ), but also includes elements, such as the principles that have to be taken into account when determining permit conditions, from draft EU technical guidance - the so-called BREF document - on waste treatment.

Key issues covered by the guidance include rigorous screening when wastes first arrive on site and the selection of appropriate treatment techniques. Since the ban on co-disposal came into force in July 2004, all hazardous waste must be pre-treated before disposal.

Another issue addressed in the guidance is the prevention of accidents. Since the previous guidance was issued there has been a major fire at Shanks' treatment plant near Hartlepool (ENDS report 350, p 21).

The Agency plans to review the guidance within the next 12 months once the BREF on waste treatment is published.

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