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EA looking at Performance Regulation for Environmental Permitting

The EA are seeking to evolve their existing approach to regulation and take forward proposals to move to a performance based approach to regulating sites under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). They say the new approach would focus on outcomes rather than rules. This will provide an opportunity to take a holistic view of operator performance and to introduce opportunities for incentive-based or market based regulation.

In assessing the behaviours of an operator, the EA say they will be better positioned to identify early indicators of poor performance, allowing them to intervene and focus their resources where they will achieve the most benefit. Conversely, they will be able to recognise and celebrate those exemplary performers, who voluntarily go beyond compliance and their sustained high performance will require little regulatory effort on their part.

The EA will be replacing their A-F compliance bands, with four descriptive bands: Exemplary, Expected, Improvement Needed and Significant Improvement Needed.

At this stage it is an informal consultation, which is an opportunity for them to share their initial thoughts and gather your feedback and comments on the attributes and criteria that they will assess under Performance Regulation, including how their regulatory approach can be more transparent, consistent and customer focused. Your views will be used to inform the questions asked in the formal consultation in July 2017.

Published: 18/5/17

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