Permitted industrial processes
In order to prevent pollution, industrial processes that use or emit certain substances are controlled under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 & Environmental Permitting (England and Wales Regulations) 2010.
Our role in the regime is to issue permits which set controls and emission standards to minimise pollution from certain industrial activities. Once a permit has been issued we routinely inspect the activity, and those with a higher pollution potential are inspected more frequently. If a company breaches the conditions we set in the permit we can take enforcement action which may lead to prosecution.
Anyone operating an activity that is listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 requires a permit. The industrial activities covered by the regulations are very wide ranging and are split into three categories, depending on their size: Part A1, Part A2 or Part B installations.