Friday, 30 June 2017

Change, transfer or cancel your environmental permit: Consent to discharge

I'm spending the day filling in the forms to make an application to vary an Environment Agency environmental permit for a client, (during my investigation of problems with their effluent treatment plant, it became clear that this would be required). These forms take quite some effort and care to complete correctly. No wonder then that if completed directly by clients, they might contain some errors.

So many people are unaware for example that you cannot for example put anything into surface water drains other than surface water. I lost track of the number of companies who were washing staff cars on site, with the dirty water produced going into surface water drains back when I used to do resource efficiency visits for Envirowise. There were plenty of others putting "clean" condensate from compressors etc. into surface or groundwater.

Doing it yourself or getting a non-professional to do it for you might well be a false economy.

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