Environment Agency unveils new sludge strategy following pollution concerns

The Environment Agency (EA) is to bring the storage and use of sludge and septic tank sludge into the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations (EPR), following concerns about pollution incidents and poor management practices.

The agency said the move would take place following a review of the current regulatory regime for sludge treatment, storage and use, in 2021.

Once transferred to EPR, the Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations (SUiAR) will no longer be needed.

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The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/1154)

In force/
Current
Legislation
England, Wales
Published
29 Jan 2019

Commentary

02/11/2017 Amending Regulations (SI 2017/1012) published.
01/02/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/110) published.
03/04/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/428) published.
11/05/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/575) published., 26/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/1227) published., 30/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( WSI 2018/1216) published., 17/01/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/39) published.

Compliance Dates

01/01/2017 Comes into force

Characteristics

Subject

Air Industrial regulation Waste Water

Source

OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Cross-sector Agriculture Animal Boarding and Pest Control Mining and Quarrying Oil Manufacturing Food Products Beverages And Tobacco Textiles And Clothing Leather And Leather Products Wood And Wood Products Pulp Paper And Paper Products Coke Refined Petroleum Products And Nuclear Fuel Chemicals Chemical Products And Man-Made Fibres Plastics Cement Glass Basic Metal Production and Processing Metal Steel Aluminium Fabricated Metal Products Machinery And Equipment Not Elsewhere Classified (Engineering) Electrical And Optical Equipment Transport Equipment (Vehicles Manufacture and Repair) Manufacturing not classified elsewhere Recycling Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Consumer Goods Water Electricity Gas Waste and Cleaning Publishing Printing and Mass Media
ECM

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/1154)

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: England, Wales

Commentary:

02/11/2017 Amending Regulations (SI 2017/1012) published.
01/02/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/110) published.
03/04/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/428) published.
11/05/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/575) published., 26/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/1227) published., 30/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( WSI 2018/1216) published., 17/01/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/39) published.

Compliance:

01/01/2017 Comes into force

The EA said that it wants sludge to continue to be used “as a beneficial resource and that in most circumstances, the most sustainable option is to recycle it to agricultural land as organic manure”.

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