The NFU has responded to a number of Environment Agency consultations looking at Standard Rules Waste Permits. The two consultations are focused on changes mainly to waste permits concerning composting, anaerobic digestion, landspreading, digestate storage and deposit of waste for recovery.
The main changes suggested include:
- Addition and removal of waste codes
- Changes to quantities of waste permitted
- Changes to the provisions for temporary storage of waste prior to spreading
- Enable operators to request deployments for areas greater than 50 hectares
- Prohibit spreading in Groundwater Safeguard Zones for nitrate
- Add restrictions on spreading in adverse conditions
- Require pre-notification of the intention to commence spreading
- Removal of some organic wastes from the deposit for recovery permit including dredging spoil and soil from cleaning and washing beet
The NFU has raised concerns including changes to the permit which prohibit landspreading of high readily available nitrogen wastes from Groundwater Safeguard Zones and a lack of justification for the reduction in the permit waste storage period from 12 to 6 months.
The three consultation responses can be found below in related documents.