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EA Position Statements

EA Regulatory Position Statements as at  17/01/20. (GOV.UK)


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. Dewatering and depositing silts from sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) on land: RPS 55
    • 17 January 2020
    • Guidance
  4. Disposing of waste from clearing blocked sewers: RPS 7
    • 11 June 2019
    • Guidance
  5. Disposing of trees and plants affected by disease or pests: RPS 71
    • 14 March 2019
    • Guidance
  6. Excavated waste from utilities installation and repair: RPS 211
    • 31 January 2019
    • Guidance
  7. Incinerating wild animal carcasses: RPS 218
    • 17 January 2019
    • Guidance
  8. LPG flaring at end-of-life vehicle sites: RPS 202
    • 4 December 2017
    • Guidance
  9. Pet cemeteries: bury and spread ash regulatory position statement
    • 19 June 2013
    • Guidance
  10. Relaxing certain waste regulatory requirements for volunteers and waste sites involved in voluntary litter collection: RPS 212
    • 9 May 2018
    • Guidance
  11. Treatment and disposal of invasive non-native plants: RPS 178
    • 9 April 2019
    • Guidance
  12. Using back up flares at exempt anaerobic digestion plants: RPS 120
    • 23 December 2019
    • Guidance

Low risk waste activities

  1. Effect of exemptions review on Environment Agency low risk positions
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance

Medium combustion plants and specified generators

Regulatory position statements for medium combustion plants and specified generators.

  1. Operating a schedule 25B, tranche B specified generator for research and development: RPS 220
    • 22 November 2019
    • Guidance

Onshore oil and gas

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

  1. Environmental permitting of onshore oil and/or gas facilities
    • 22 May 2017
    • Policy paper

Storing waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve storing waste.

  1. Collect and store mixed fuel from misfuelled vehicles: RPS 9
    • 17 January 2018
    • Guidance
  2. Collecting and storing sewage effluent from boats: RPS 54
    • 9 May 2019
    • Guidance
  3. Collecting food waste from different premises at a single site: RPS 225
    • 13 January 2020
    • Guidance
  4. Collecting non-hazardous, non-food waste from different premises at a single site: RPS 224
    • 13 January 2020
    • Guidance
  5. Dewatering street sweepings: RPS 65
    • 5 December 2017
    • Guidance
  6. Retaining shock absorbers and airbags in otherwise fully depolluted ELVs: RPS 195
    • 3 October 2019
    • Guidance
  7. Storing fly-tipped waste and waste from trash screens and litter bins: RPS 60
    • 27 March 2014
    • 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. Storage of waste aerosol containers
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  10. Storing and drying waste wood before burning in a Part B co-incinerator: RPS 213
    • 24 July 2018
    • Guidance
  11. Storing and treating asphalt waste: RPS 157
    • 31 October 2019
    • Guidance
  12. Storing waste incapacitant sprays: RPS 138
    • 28 August 2018
    • Guidance
  13. Storing waste sandbags at collection sites after a flood: RPS 168
    • 5 October 2017
    • Guidance
  14. Temporary community waste collection points: RPS 223
    • 17 May 2019
    • Guidance
  15. Temporary storage of contaminated waste waters removed from gas pipelines: RPS 100
    • 11 October 2019
    • Guidance
  16. Temporary storage of ELVs at a motor manufacturer’s dealership: RPS 205
    • 4 December 2017
    • Guidance
  17. 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 lined biobeds in a groundwater source protection zone 1: RPS 140
    • 10 October 2018
    • Guidance
  3. Classifying waste wood from mixed waste wood sources: RPS 207
    • 19 September 2019
    • Guidance
  4. Denaturing of controlled drugs
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Environmental permits for ‘orphan’ waste effluent treatment plants: RPS 33
    • 4 December 2018
    • Guidance
  6. Land contamination pilot trials and small scale remediation schemes: RPS 215
    • 11 November 2019
    • Guidance
  7. Permitting of air separation units
    • 27 March 2014
    • Guidance
  8. Small-scale heat treatment of waste plastics for reuse: RPS 112
    • 9 May 2019
    • Guidance
  9. Stack, store or treat litter, straw, manure and slurry arising from an exotic animal disease outbreak: RPS 36
    • 30 December 2016
    • Guidance
  10. Storing and treating asphalt waste: RPS 157
    • 31 October 2019
    • Guidance
  11. Storing and treating waste plastic produced from processing WEEE: RPS 228
    • 23 December 2019
    • Guidance
  12. The application of treated landfill leachate to short rotation coppice
    • 3 July 2014
    • Guidance
  13. The treatment of liquid crystal display units containing mercury to comply with BATRRT
    • 24 June 2016
    • Guidance
  14. Treating solid waste from composting toilets
    • 30 December 2015
    • 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. Storing and treating waste fire extinguishers for recovery: RPS 132
    • 29 May 2019
    • 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. Using unbound municipal incinerator bottom ash aggregate (IBAA) in construction activities: RPS 206
    • 9 August 2019
    • Guidance
  9. Use of manufactured topsoil: RPS 190
    • 19 August 2019
    • Guidance
  10. Using waste fire extinguishers for training: RPS 221
    • 29 May 2019
    • Guidance
  11. Using waste tyres in escape ladders in water storage reservoirs: RPS 139
    • 30 August 2019
    • Guidance
  12. Using whole waste tyres in construction: RPS 161
    • 7 December 2018
    • Guidance
  13. Waste management: regulation of trials of new waste management techniques
    • 29 December 2015
    • Guidance
  14. Waste codes for sewage sludge and sludge containing other materials: RPS 231
    • 14 January 2020
    • Guidance

Using water

Regulatory position statements on using water.

  1. Rainwater harvesting: regulatory position statement
    • 24 April 2019
    • Guidance

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
    • 16 July 2018
    • Guidance

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