The Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR)

The Environmental Permitting Regulations  (England and Wales) 2010 require regulators to control certain activities which could harm the environment or human health. In exercising this responsibility regulators need to take into account potential impacts on conservation sites.

The Regulations were introduced on 6 April 2010 and replaced the 2007 regulations. In 2007 the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) combined the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) and Waste Management Licensing (WML) regulations. Local Air Pollution Control was also transferred into these regulations but is delivered by local authorities in England and Wales.

The scope of the EPR has since been widened to include water discharge and groundwater activities, radioactive substances and provision for a number of directives including batteries and mining waste.

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 were made on 20 February and came into force on 27 February. These Regulations transpose the requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

Standard rules permits are available for specific activities. These are usually quicker and cheaper to apply for than bespoke permits. They contain one condition, which refers to a fixed set (or sets) of standard rules that an operator must comply with. They help the Environment Agency make sure that the operation does not cause pollution or nuisance to the environment and give operators options on how best to achieve this.

Installations defined under Part A(1) are regulated by the Environment Agency while Part A2 and B are regulated by local authorities. Information on regulator responsibilities for businesses in Northern Ireland and Scotland is available on NetRegs.