As part of our commitment to continually improve our service and to help our clients meet their legal obligations, we continue to update the Legal Registers on our website and provide free quarterly legal compliance updates to anyone who subscribes. The purpose of these updates is to ensure you stay up to date with any changes in your legal compliance obligations, our updates can also be kept and can be used as evidence that your business is staying up to date with any changes in the legislation, this can be very helpful at audit time.
The Anti-Pollution Works Regulations 1999 is a UK legislation that aims to minimize environmental pollution caused by industrial activities. The purpose of the regulations is to ensure that industrial operators obtain permits and comply with conditions set out in the permits before they can undertake any potentially polluting activities. The requirements include emission limits, monitoring, reporting, and record-keeping to prevent harm to the environment and human health. The regulations apply to any industrial operator undertaking potentially polluting activities, including those involved in manufacturing, mining, energy production, waste management, and other related industries. Overall, the regulations seek to balance the need for economic development with the protection of the environment and public health.
Under The Anti-Pollution Works Regulations 1999 in the United Kingdom, industrial operators are required to provide evidence to demonstrate that they comply with the conditions set out in their permits. The evidence requirements include monitoring of emissions or discharges, as well as keeping records of monitoring results, maintenance activities, and other relevant data. The monitoring data must be regularly submitted to the relevant regulatory authority to ensure compliance with the permit conditions. The regulatory authority may also carry out inspections and audits to verify compliance with the regulations. Any non-compliance with the permit conditions may result in enforcement action, including fines, sanctions, or even prosecution. Therefore, industrial operators must ensure that they have sufficient evidence to demonstrate compliance with their permit conditions to avoid any potential legal or financial penalties.
There are several exemptions to The Anti-Pollution Works Regulations 1999 in the United Kingdom. These exemptions apply to certain types of activities or operators who are not considered to pose a significant risk of environmental pollution.
Some of the exemptions include:
However, even if an activity is exempt from The Anti-Pollution Works Regulations 1999, it may still be subject to other environmental regulations, such as the Water Resources Act 1991 or the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.
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Including our quarterly legal compliance updates that are a great resource for evidence for your ISO audits.