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EA Position Statements

EA Regulatory Position Statements as at 14/5/18.


Low risk waste activities

  1. Effect of exemptions review on Environment Agency low risk positions
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Low risk waste: activities where no permit is required
    • 12 December 2017
    • Guidance

Disposing of waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve disposing of waste.

  1. Burning dunnage
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Burning waste on campfires and bonfires: RPS 50
    • 7 December 2017
    • Guidance
  3. Deposit and dewatering of non-hazardous silts
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Disposal of septic tank and cesspool sludge
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Disposing of trees and plants infected with disease: RPS 71
    • 28 November 2017
    • Guidance
  6. Leaving decommissioned pipes in the ground: RPS 8
    • 14 February 2018
    • Guidance
  7. LPG flaring at end-of-life vehicle sites: RPS 202
    • 4 December 2017
    • Guidance
  8. Pet cemeteries: bury and spread ash regulatory position statement
    • 19 June 2013
    • Guidance
  9. Relaxing certain waste regulatory requirements for volunteers and waste sites involved in voluntary litter collection: RPS 212
    • 9 May 2018
    • Guidance
  10. Treatment and disposal of invasive non-native plants: RPS 178
    • 23 November 2016
    • Guidance
  11. Use of auxiliary (back up) flares
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  12. Waste carrier, broker and dealer registration renewals due after 25 March 2018: RPS 208
    • 16 April 2018
    • Guidance

Radioactive waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve radioactive waste.

  1. Regulatory position statement: the management of radioactive items found in scrap metal
    • 18 May 2016
    • Guidance

Storing waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve storing waste.

  1. Collecting and storing sewage at marinas and lock sites
    • 28 October 2015
    • Guidance
  2. Collect and store mixed fuel from misfuelled vehicles: RPS 9
    • 17 January 2018
    • Guidance
  3. Dewatering street sweepings: RPS 65
    • 5 December 2017
    • Guidance
  4. Fly-tipped waste: temporary secure storage
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Food waste: how to store food waste prior to recovery or collection
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  6. Stack, store or treat litter, straw, manure and slurry arising from an exotic animal disease outbreak: RPS 36
    • 30 December 2016
    • Guidance
  7. Storage of waste aerosol containers
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  8. Storage of waste incapacitant sprays
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  9. Storing catalytic converters at metal recycling sites: RPS 200
    • 8 September 2016
    • Guidance
  10. Storing waste sandbags at collection sites after a flood: RPS 168
    • 5 October 2017
    • Guidance
  11. Temporary storage of contaminated waste waters removed from gas pipelines: RPS 100
    • 22 June 2017
    • Guidance
  12. Temporary storage of ELVs at a motor manufacturer’s dealership: RPS 205
    • 4 December 2017
    • Guidance
  13. Waste collection authorities contingency planning: RPS 79
    • 29 June 2017
    • Guidance

Treating waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve treating waste.

  1. Bioaerosol monitoring at regulated facilities - use of M9: RPS 209
    • 23 January 2018
    • Guidance
  2. Building biobeds in a groundwater source protection zone 1
    • 3 June 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Classifying waste wood from mixed waste wood sources: RPS 207
    • 28 November 2017
    • Guidance
  4. Denaturing of controlled drugs
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Environmental permits: ‘orphan’ waste treatment plants
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  6. Permitting of air separation units
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  7. Small-scale heat treatment of waste plastics for reuse: RPS 112
    • 5 December 2017
    • Guidance
  8. Stack, store or treat litter, straw, manure and slurry arising from an exotic animal disease outbreak: RPS 36
    • 30 December 2016
    • Guidance
  9. The application of treated landfill leachate to short rotation coppice
    • 3 July 2014
    • Guidance
  10. The treatment of liquid crystal display units containing mercury to comply with BATRRT
    • 24 June 2016
    • Guidance
  11. Treating solid waste from composting toilets
    • 30 December 2015
    • Guidance
  12. Use of up flow anaerobic sludge blanket anaerobic digestion systems
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance

Using waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve using waste.

  1. Combustion plant: burning biogas derived from sewage sludge
    • 28 March 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Effect of exemptions review on Environment Agency low risk positions
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  3. End of life fire extinguishers: re-use and dismantling
    • 24 January 2013
    • Guidance
  4. Using treated asphalt waste: RPS 75
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Regulation of materials under consideration for a Quality Protocol
    • 13 November 2017
    • Guidance
  6. Regulation of the use of unbound pulverised fuel ash and furnace bottom ash
    • 8 May 2014
    • Guidance
  7. Use of clay in slurry lagoons or irrigation reservoirs: RPS 91
    • 5 December 2017
    • Guidance
  8. Use of PAS 108 tyre bales in civil engineering and landfill infrastructure works
    • 14 June 2016
    • Guidance
  9. Use of unbound municipal Incinerator Bottom Ash Aggregate (IBAA) in construction activities: RPS 206
    • 19 September 2017
    • Guidance
  10. Use of manufactured topsoil: RPS 190
    • 23 October 2017
    • Guidance
  11. Using waste tyres in escape ladders in water storage reservoirs: RPS 139
    • 15 January 2018
    • Guidance
  12. Waste management: regulation of trials of new waste management techniques
    • 29 December 2015
    • Guidance

Onshore oil and gas

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve onshore oil and gas.

  1. Decommissioning onshore oil and gas wells drilled before 1 October 2013
    • 14 November 2016
    • Guidance
  2. Environmental permitting of onshore oil and/or gas facilities
    • 22 May 2017
    • Policy paper

Water discharges

Regulatory position statements on water discharge activities.

  1. Open-loop heat pump systems: permits, consents and licences
    • 3 April 2018
    • Guidance
  2. Temporary dewatering from excavations to surface water
    • 4 May 2018
    • Guidance

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