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By law we regulate certain types of industry to reduce any pollution they may cause and to help improve air quality. This includes brickworks, foundries, petrol stations, concrete crushers, sawmills and paint manufacturers.
Businesses that operate these installations must obtain a permit. If we issue a permit, we set document how the pollution is to be minimised.
For many installations (known as 'Part B'), we can only deal with air pollution. For some (known as 'A2'), we must look at many environmental impacts. Other installations (known as 'A1') are regulated by the Environment Agency as they are usually larger or more complex.
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How are they regulated?
The operator of a listed installation must apply for a permit. They pay a fee for doing so, to cover our costs.
We consider the application and consult relevant members of the public and other organisations to decide whether or not to approve it.
If we issue a permit, it must include conditions. These conditions will say how pollution is to be minimised. If we refuse a permit, the business can appeal to the Government. Businesses can also appeal if they receive a permit but don't agree with the conditions.
Once a permit is issued, the operator must comply with the permit conditions. The operator must pay an annual charge which covers the costs of checking that the permit is complied with.
We rate most regulated installations as high, medium or low risk. This is based on two things:
- What the environmental impact would be if something went wrong;
- How reliable and effective the operator of the installation is.
Environmental Protection Team