Consultation on stronger powers to tackle waste crime
Defra and the Welsh Government have published a consultation on the proposals to enhance enforcement powers at regulated facilities and call for evidence on other measures to tackle waste crime and entrenched poor performance in the waste management industry.
The consultation can be found HERE.
There are two parts to the consultation:
Part I: A consultation on proposals to enhance enforcement powers at regulated facilities
Seeks your comments on proposals to enhance and strengthen regulators’ existing enforcement powers to regulate all types of facilities that operate under an environmental permit. The proposed enhancements broaden the scope of the regulators’ powers to prevent or remedy pollution.
Part II: A call for evidence on other measures to tackle waste crime and entrenched poor performance in the waste management industry
Seeks your views on measures to strengthen the demonstration of technical competence to operate a site; require the clean-up of abandoned and orphaned waste management sites; adopt fixed penalties for fly-tipping; and measures to protect landowners/ landlords from the impacts of waste crime.
While the focus of this consultation is on providing enhanced powers to the regulators to tackle waste crime, some of the powers will also enable enforcement action to be taken in respect to any activities that come within the permitting regime by operating a ‘regulated facility’.
This consultation and the call for evidence are primarily (but not exclusively) aimed at: local authorities, waste producers, operators of permitted and exempt waste facilities, waste brokers and dealers, waste carriers, professional and membership organisations, businesses, consultants and charitable/voluntary bodies. As these proposals extend to all operators of regulated facilities, this consultation and the call for evidence will be of interest to all businesses across England and Wales that hold an environmental permit.
The consultation closes on Wednesday 6th May 2015.
You can respond directly with an on-line survey HERE. ORG will be responding to this consultation so please forward your comments to Jeremy for inclusion in our response by 22nd April.
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