Guidance, Regulations, Directives, Directions and EU activity


Regulations and changes to the regulations

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 came into force on 6th April 2010.  They replaced the original 2007 version of the Regulations which had replaced the previous Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000.

The Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 is on the OPSI website.

EU Directives

European Directives which have been transposed into England and Wales Regulations.

EU activity

Correspondence, communications, consultations and registers generating from the EU which affects, impacts upon or has an interest in PPC.

Consultations on the European Commission's proposed Directive on Industrial Emissions (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) (Recast)

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) applies to about 45,000 industrial installations in the EU (about 4,000 in the UK), ranging from refineries to breweries and from intensive pig farms to cement works. It requires each installation to have a permit containing emission limit values and other conditions based on the application of best available technique (BAT) and set to minimise emissions of pollutants likely to be emitted in significant quantities to air, water or land. Permit conditions also have to address energy efficiency, waste minimisation, prevention of accidental emissions, and site restoration.

The Commission launched in November 2005 a review of the IPPC Directive. The general objective of the review was stated as `to evaluate the scope to improve the functioning of the Directive and its interaction with other legislation, in particular related to industrial emissions, while not altering the main underlying principles and the level of ambition set in the Directive.

The review culminated in the publication on 21 December 2007 of a Commission Communication accompanying the Commission’s proposal for a Directive `on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) (recast), which in turn was accompanied by an impact assessment.

In May and June 2008 Defra held four consultations to inform the development of a formal UK Government position. The consultation documents are available on the National Archives website:

The following table was submitted to the European Commission at their request and updates the table of permitting progress as of 30 October 2007 submitted to the Commission.  By 30 April 2008, permits remained outstanding in respect of 4 cases, which were all related to permits for landfills:

European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)

The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) is the new Europe-wide register that provides easily accessible key environmental data from industrial facilities in European Union Member States and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It replaces and improves upon the previous European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER). The new register contains data reported annually by some 24,000 industrial facilities covering 65 economic activities across Europe.

The UK 2008 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) dataset is now live. As before, it will be possible to view information on pollutant release and off site waste transfer from a variety of industrial sources across the UK where the relevant threshold has been met or exceeded. The current dataset has been collated in collaboration with the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Defra is responsible for collating data from local authority sites (A2 and some Part Bs) in England and Wales.

For information on PRTR, please visit .

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