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  • 1.  
  • 2. Construction and Waste Materials Ian Walton Senior Environment Officer 27 th April 2010
  • 3.
    • Who are the Environment Agency?
    • Better Regulation.
    • Illegal Waste Sites.
    • Duty of Care.
    • Forward Look.
  • 4.
    • We are responsible for protecting and improving the environment of England and Wales. We also have responsibility for protecting communities from the risk of flooding and managing water resources.
  • 5. Who are we?
    • The Environment Agency has a wide range of functions: Waste, Water, Flood Defence.
    • Waste:
      • Environment Management Teams cover local areas and visit regulated sites.
      • Environmental Crime Team are the regional lead on intelligence led enforcement. Targets the ‘Big, Bad and Nasty’.
  • 6. Better Regulation.
    • Offer Advice and Guidance.
    • Consider environmental risk.
    • Do not ‘over-regulate’.
    • Take action against those that knowingly offend, have no regard for the environment.
  • 7. Waste from Construction Sites:
    • Needs to be disposed of correctly.
    • Comply with ‘Duty of Care’.
    • Disposed of at a suitably permitted site.
  • 8. Illegal Waste Sites:
    • No sign on the gate.
    • Lots of lorries/vehicle movements.
    • Lack of proper infrastructure.
    • Evidence of pollution.
  • 9. Legislation:
    • Environmental Protection Act 1990
    • Section 33 (1) (a) Depositing controlled waste on land without an environmental permit/licence
    • Magistrates: Max fine £50000 or imprisonment for 12 months
    • Crown: Unlimited fine or imprisonment for up to 5 years
  • 10. Legislation:
    • Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010. Regulation 38(1)(b)
    • Knowingly cause or knowingly permit the operation of a regulated facility or carrying on a waste operation, mining waste operation, radioactive substances activity, water discharge activity or groundwater activity, except under and to the extent authorised by an environmental permit.
  • 11. Duty of Care:
    • All those who produce or handle wastes from demolition, earthworks and construction activities have a legal responsibility, a Duty of Care, for its safe keeping, transport and subsequent recovery or disposal.
  • 12. Waste Carrier.
  • 13. Site Waste Management Plans.
      • Any construction project in England costing over £300k needs a Site Waste Management Plan. Ensures that:
      • Building materials are managed efficiently.
      • Waste is disposed of legally.
      • Material recycling, reuse and recovery is maximised.
  • 14. Civil Sanctions:
    • From September 2010 the EA can issue certain civil sanctions for specific offences.
    • At the moment civil sanctions do not apply to offences under EPR, but this could change from as early as April 2011.
  • 15. Finally…..
  • 16. Other Information.
    • 08708 506506
    • www.environment-agency.gov.uk