The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is raising awareness of a new set of regulations, produced to tackle industrial pollution in Scotland.
Developed by the Scottish Government, the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (PPC 2012) came into force in January this year, replacing the previous regime from 2000, and will be enforced by SEPA. The new regulations implement the requirements of the European Union’s Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) which aims to minimise pollution to from various industrial activities throughout Europe.
Changes to the regulations include: restructuring and rewording of regulations (although powers and provisions will remain largely the same); increased status for European Commission Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Documents which must be the main reference point for setting permit conditions; greater transparency of information for public consumption; and minor changes to monitoring and reporting protocols, site condition reporting and SEPA’s enforcement powers, among others.
The changes mainly affect existing PPC Part A* permit holders with a small number affecting those with Part B* permits. Although introduced on 7 January this year, the new regulations will only apply to existing permits from 7 January 2014. Further guidance and training, and a Practical Guide to the regulations, will be developed and made available during 2013.
Speaking of the new regulations, Wendy Thornton, Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Specialist at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
“Following changes to European legislation, the new regulations were essential to help Scotland meet the requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive. It was important to establish an integrated way of dealing with environmental issues, and these new regulations will help us protect the environment to the best of our abilities.
“The changes will impact on different businesses in different ways, so we would encourage anyone who is uncertain of how they may be affected, or would like further information, to get in touch.”