- Withdrawing some standard rules permits that have had no or little uptake.
- Looking at technical competence and particularly the number of operating hours a technically competent manager is needed to be onsite.
- Construction standards, especially related to containment - looking to introduce requirement for design and construction to be to a standard certified by a qualified engineer.
- AD de-gritting and tank integrity checks - becoming a permit condition.
- Non-routine emissions or biogas and auxiliary flares - looking at removing pressure relief valves from emission tables but including emissions for non-routine operations and incident management. Also making having an emergency flare compulsory.
- Gas upgrade and gas to grid - requiring additional capacity for storage.
- Nitrogen management and ammonia emissions proposals: digestate (and ammonia-rich fertilisers) are stored to minimise ammonia loss; AD sites to have on-site storage for two months of production; requiring design and construction of air handling and abatement systems to be approved; digestate drying to require abatement.
- Improved water efficiency - proposal to require harvesting of clean water and require separate storage of clean and dirty water.
- Location of sensitive receptors - looking at either increasing the set back distances or requiring sites within 10 metres of a watercourse to have appropriate secondary containment. Also considering a range of measures regarding drainage infrastructure including, built to standard certified by engineer, a leak detection system for underground pipework and pipework to be fitted with flow metres and shut off valves.
- Sensitive and protected areas - are the existing set back distances appropriate.
- Waste types and acceptance - limiting tonnage to stated design capacity, removing 04 01 wastes from leather and fur industries and 07 glycerol waste from bio-diesel from standard rules, recommending post consumer wood is removed from the waste stream, and limiting the input of invasive species.
- Waste acceptance - expanding waste acceptance procedures to require upstream auditing, pre-acceptance and waste sampling.
- Sludge treatment - splitting the treatment activity into two permits, one for digestion and one for sludge treatment and stabilisation.
You can respond electronically using the standard rules consultation. Responses can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for responses is 20th September. REA will be responding to this consultation so please email your thoughts and comments to Jeremy by 10th September.