Draft guidance on landfill Directive and IPPC

A draft sector guidance note for the landfill sector, issued by the Environment Agency in July, sets out technical requirements under the landfill and integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) Directives.1

The regulation of landfills is currently being transferred from waste management licensing to the IPPC regime. By 2008, all landfills in operation will have to have PPC permits, and operators will have to have shown that they apply the best available techniques (BAT).

Technical standards for landfills are included in the landfill Directive itself, rather than being set out in a later "BREF" guidance document as for other sectors. Where the Directive does not spell out the relevant technical requirements the general principles of the IPPC Directive, including BAT, must be applied.

The guidance summarises both the Directive's requirements and, where relevant, indicative BAT standards. Separate guidance relevant to all industry sectors is available on issues such as noise and odour. The Agency has also published technical guidance covering the management of landfill gas, hydrogeological risk and monitoring.

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