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New guidance published for environmental permits

The Environment Agency has refreshed its suite of online advice for environmental permits as part of a government initiative to cut red tape and simplify guidance.

The Environment Agency has refreshed its suite of online advice for environmental permits as part of a government initiative to cut red tape and simplify guidance.

For businesses conducting activities that could pollute the air, water or land, such as manufacturers and waste operations, environmental permits are a legal requirement.

The updated guidance on the Environment Agency website aims to target information better to users’ needs.

It is one of the outcomes of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, which is reviewing more than 21,000 regulations and rules to see which ones can be scrapped or improved.

New content

25 new pages have been added to the Environment Agency's site, explaining in simple terms which specific activities require an environmental permit, how to apply for an exemption, and what represents best practice.

Two new guides have been published to provide guidance on developing an environmental management system and controlling and monitoring emissions.

A new risk assessment overview guide is also now available, along with more specialist guidance for certain sectors.

Business demand

A survey published last year by the manufacturers’ organisation, EEF, found that nearly three quarters of manufacturers wanted wide-sweeping reform on environmental regulations and guidance.

In particular, small manufacturers found it difficult to access clear guidance on their environmental responsibilities and obligations, and many wanted better, rather than less, information on environmental rules.

To access the new guidance documents, click here.