Waste sites to be charged for Agency advice

The Environment Agency is consulting on proposed increases in charges paid by companies regulated under its pollution control regimes in 2004/05.

The Agency is proposing to increase charges for sites under integrated pollution control, waste management licensing and radioactive substances authorisation by 2.5%. Charges for sites coming under the new pollution prevention and control (PPC) regime will go up 3.5%.

The Agency also proposes to begin charging operators applying for a waste licence for advice from Agency inspectors, in line with current arrangements under PPC. Operators would be entitled to 15 hours of free consultation, after which they would be charged £108 per hour. The Agency also proposes to charge licensed, pre-operational sites a subsistence fee.

Charges under the PPC regime are based on risk assessment under the Agency's EP OPRA scheme (ENDS Report 335, p 45 ). They are calculated by multiplying the site's risk score by a charging factor. The increase for 2004/05 would mean that the charge multiplier for an application fee, for instance, will increase from £165 to £171.

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