A consultation document has recently been published by Defra, inviting views on the structure and content of an additional Annex to the draft Environmental Permitting (EP) guidance for Water Discharge Activities.
The consultation is relevant to anyone who manufactures, installs, maintains or operates small sewage treatment plants or septic tanks. The Annex refers to small water discharge activities and groundwater activities as ‘small sewage effluent discharges’, and it is these operations from septic tanks and sewage treatment plants that are being consulted on for registration or exemption purposes under the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
The guidance covers the conditions and procedures for registration, registering an exempt facility, siting and installation controls, and operation and maintenance requirements.
The guidance has been drafted as part of the second phase of the Environmental Permitting Programme (EPP2) which is a Better Regulation initiative designed to reduce costs for operators and the regulator by cutting unnecessary red tape, whilst continuing to protect the environment and human health. The consultation runs for 12 weeks and closes on 18 February 2010.
The consultation can be accessed by clicking here.
Posted under Environmental Regulations and Legislation and Water Efficiency and Effluent Management on 7 December 2009