Defra has published a summary of responses to its ‘Consultation on revised waste exemptions from environmental permitting’ and has delayed implementation to resolve further issues.
The consultation, which aimed to provide a new, more proportionate approach to the regulation of waste recovery and disposal operations, proposed that:
- Higher risk activities will move to be regulated through Standard Permits.
- Simple exemptions will need to be registered every three years, instead of a one-off registration for life.
- A registration charge will be put in place to cover the Environment Agency’s costs of regulating the exemptions.
- The majority of Environment Agency Low Risk Positions will benefit from one of the proposed updated exemptions.
However, the high level of responses during and after the consultation has led to more policy issues being raised.
Defra has therefore decided to allow more time to address these issues, and has put back the implementation of the new regulations to April 2010.
More details of the consultation and the summary of stakeholder responses can be accessed by clicking here.
Posted under Environmental Regulations and Legislation and Waste Management on 14 September 2009