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A guide to regulated manufacturing sectors

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 cover a wide range of industry activities that require a consent to operate. Permit regulations are well understood within the waste and combustion sectors, but there are other industries where the Regulations apply which can often catch businesses out. This brief guide gives an overview of the Other Activities as listed in Schedule 1, Chapter 6 of the Regulations.

Paper, pulp and board manufacturing activities

  • Producing pulp from timber or other fibrous materials.
  • Producing paper and board with a capacity >20 tonnes per day.
  • Producing oriented strand board, particleboard or fibreboard with a capacity >600m3 per day.

Carbon activities

  • Producing carbon or hard-burnt coal or electro-graphite by means of incineration or graphitisation.

Tar and bitumen activities

  • Distilling tar or bitumen with a use of >5 tonnes per annum.
  • Heating or oxidising tar or bitumen with a use of >5 tonnes per annum.

Coating activities, printing and textile treatments

  • Pre-treating or dyeing fibres or textiles with a capacity of >10 tonnes per day.
  • Using organic solvents with a capacity >150kg per hour or >200 tonnes per year.
  • Any process resulting in the release into the air of particulate matter or of any volatile organic compound dependent upon the annual tonnage of material use.

The manufacture of dyestuffs, printing ink and coating materials

  • Manufacturing or formulating printing ink with a use of >100 tonnes of organic solvents per annum.
  • Manufacturing any powder for use as a coating where the process uses lead chromate or triglycidyl isocyanurate where the capacity >200 tonnes per annum.

Timber activities

  • Preservation of wood and wood products with chemicals with a capacity >75m3 per day other than exclusively treating against sapstain.
  • Manufacturing products of wood with a throughput >10,000m3 per annum where wood is only sawed, or where wood is sawed and subjected to excluded activities of >1,000m3.

Activities involving rubber

  • Manufacturing new tyres from natural rubber or synthetic organic elastomers with a use of >50,000 tonnes per annum.
  • The mixing, milling or blending of natural rubber or synthetic organic elastomers if carbon black is used.

The treatment of animal and vegetable matter and food industries

  • Tanning hides and skins at a plant with a capacity >12 tonnes of finished products per day.
  • Slaughtering animals with a carcass production capacity >50 tonnes per day.
  • Disposing of or recycling animal carcasses or animal waste with a capacity >10 tonnes per day.
  • Treatment and processing of only animal raw materials (other than milk only) with a finished product production capacity >75 tonnes per day.
  • Treatment and processing of only vegetable raw materials with a finished product production capacity >300 tonnes per day.
  • Treating and processing milk, the quantity of milk received being >200 tonnes per day.
  • Disposing of or recycling animal carcasses or animal waste by rendering at plant or in a small waste incineration plant, where the treatment capacity <10 tonnes per day.

Intensive farming

  • Rearing poultry or pigs intensively in an installation with >40,000 places for poultry, >2,000 places for production pigs (over 30kg), or >750 places for sows.

Carbon capture and storage

  • Capture of carbon dioxide streams from an installation for the purposes of geological storage of carbon dioxide.

Our consultancy supports a wide range of industries to obtain the necessary permits and consents to enable continued manufacture and production. We can guide you in understanding if the Regulations apply to your activity, and support the application process . For more information, or to speak to an expert in permitting click here.

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