EA to overhaul chemical waste guidance

The Environment Agency (EA) is consulting on streamlined guidance for facilities that take transfer and treat chemical waste, replacing a heavyweight document that dates back to 2004.

It addresses waste acceptance, treatment, emissions control, monitoring and process efficiency measures for hazardous waste such as sulphuric acid, wastes containing hazardous chemicals (such as contaminated soils) and non-hazardous chemical wastes.

The revision follows the publication of best available techniques (BAT) conclusions for waste treatment by the European Commission in 2018. This will presumably enter force for existing installations in August 2022, although the UK may be at liberty to diverge from it by then due to Brexit. It is the first consultation about transposing EU environmental rules that ENDS has seen issued during the Brexit transition period.

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