New landspreading rules unveiled

The Environment Agency has published proposed revised rules to waste landspreading permits. The NFU is ask for comments on the economic or logistical impacts the proposed changes could have.

Main Changes proposed within Consultation Response:

  • The maximum storage of waste will change from 3000T per permit to 3000T per deployment. Because an operator can have multiple deployments under one permit, the NFU believes this will benefit permit holders who have deployments separated across the country
  • The Environment Agency will have to be pre-notified at least 48 hours and no greater than 7 days before the landspreading of waste under a standard rules permit;
  • The quantity of non-stackable waste stored under a deployment is to reduce from 3000-1250 tonnes. The maximum volume of stackable waste stored under a deployment will remain at 3000T;
  • Wastes with a high readily available nitrogen content will have to be covered if stored adjacent to sensitive locations such as SSSIs;

Further information about the changes proposed can be found in the NFU's briefing (members only).

If you have any comments on how the proposed changes could impact on your landspreading activity, contact Martin Rogers at bWFydGluLnJvZ2Vyc0BuZnUub3JnLnVr.

NFU members: Have your say

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  • Posted by: Sian WatsonPosted on: 29/01/2016 16:51:26

    Comment: Difficult to give 48 Hours notice as we are ruled by the weather. Local weather conditions can be extremely variable with one field being dry at the top of a small hill yet another receiving a deluge as the storm follows a river valley. Also we are dependent upon the contractors being available to do the work within the time frame given the the EA.
  • Posted by: Richard JacksonPosted on: 03/03/2016 16:04:16

    Comment: The pre-notification requirements seem completely impractical. Rain can be very localised and winds can change direction. Also seems yet another burocratic hoop to jump through for the EA. More paperwork or time on the computer.

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