Find out if your facility needs an environmental permit and which type you need to apply for.
We protect groundwater under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, by preventing or limiting the discharge of polluting substances into groundwater.
Substances controlled under these regulations fall into two categories:
- Hazardous substances - These are defined in the Water Framework Directive as 'substances that are toxic, persistent and liable to bio-accumulate, and other substances or groups of substances which give rise to an equivalent level of concern'. They include pesticides, sheep dip, solvents, hydrocarbons, mercury, cadmium, cyanide and radionuclides.
- Non-hazardous pollutants - These include any substance capable of causing pollution that has not been classified as a hazardous substance. The non-hazardous list of substances does not simply replace the previous Groundwater Directive List II substances - for example nitrate is now termed as being non-hazardous whereas before it was not a listed substance.
If you are showering or jetting your sheep (rather than dipping) and are therefore producing a waste product, you will need a permit. Also, if you are intending to discharge purl or bloom dip only, a permit is required. Mobile dipping contractors should read our document:
If you are applying your pesticide washings to the target crop within label specifications, you do not need a permit.
Under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, there are certain exclusions where a discharge or activity is not classed as a groundwater activity and therefore an Environmental Permit is not required. For more information on these exclusions please read our document:
Codes of good practice
If you carry out an activity that does not involve a discharge to ground or groundwater, you generally do not need a permit. For example you may manufacture, handle or store hazardous substances or non-hazardous pollutants which means there is a risk of an unintentional release to ground or groundwater. You should still adhere to any relevant Codes of Good Practice:
Which type of permit do I need?
The launch of the standard permit for the discharge of enzyme treated sheep dip using Landguard OP-A is delayed. For more details please see:
If you are interested in disposing of effluent onto or into land via a point source discharge (for example a sewage discharge from a treatment plant), please follow see:
Any other discharges to ground will almost certainly require a bespoke permit:
If you are unsure, please contact us.