EA proposes changes to standard rules waste permits

The Environment Agency (EA) has launched two consultations on standard rules, which are intended to reduce pollution indents from Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants and to fill in the gaps left by the government's reform of the exemption regime.

The first consultation, which closes on 13 January, proposes revising the standard rules sets for biowaste including anaerobic digestion, composting and sewage sludge treatment. 

The proposed changes come as a result of the EA’s review of biowaste permits, and its review of incidents and audit data from anaerobic digestion plants.

The EA says the changes are aimed at reducing incidents caused by the biowaste sector, including fires and odour nuisance, improving poor performance, improving contribution to a more sustainable and circular economy and “contributing to reducing the impact on climate change”.

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