Waste disposal licensing - DoE shifts policy on insurance and bonding

The use of conditions in waste disposal licences requiring operators to obtain environmental insurance and financial bonding is no longer being opposed by the Department of the Environment (DoE). This major policy development came in the High Court on 26 January when the DoE chose not to defend an appeal by Shropshire County Council against the DoE's earlier decision to strike out licence conditions relating to insurance and bonding.

The case arose from a waste disposal licence granted by the Council 1982 in respect of the 26-acre Farley Oil Terminal site at Much Wenlock. Until 1976 the terminal had been used for oil recovery operations, and it was the intention of the new operator, Wrights Waste Recycling Co Ltd, to restart these activities.

The Council was prepared to grant a licence, but was anxious to see the safe removal from storage tanks on the site of some 2.2

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