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Some industrial techniques have potential to cause pollution. Since 1990 many of these processes have required an 'authorisation' from the Environment Agency to operate and they are also inspected annually. Some processes have the potential to cause only air pollution and for these operations the local authority is responsible for their inspection and regulation.
 
Permitted or 'Prescribed' processes are those industrial technologies that have a potential to cause pollution.  The Pollution, Prevention and Control Act 1999 requires that activities identified in the Act, or by regulations made under the Act, must have a Permit to operate.
 
There are currently three types of process classification. Part A processes are regulated by the Environment Agency while Part A2 and Part B processes are controlled by local authorities.
 
South Staffordshire Council is responsible for authorising and inspecting all Part A2 and Part B processes within the district.  Part B processes are those that have the potential to cause air pollution and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, concrete batching plants and unloading of petrol.
 
Any person operating a process that requires a Permit must submit an application, with a fee, to the local authority.  The authority must then consider the application and issue a permit in accordance with government guidance.  The operator of the prescribed process must comply with the conditions of the permit and they will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the case.
 
Government Guidance on the policy and procedures is available as at the DEFRA website (see below).  If you need to apply to the authority, it is recommended that in the first instance you discuss this with one of our officers.  Please see our main contact details below.
 
The Council presently regulates 34 prescribed processes ranging from large factories to petrol stations. We ensure that any emissions to atmosphere (and in some larger sites, land and water) are made harmless and set rigorous emission limits to achieve this. 
 
For information on the fee structure for applications (see below).
 
A list of relevant forms for use by operators and applicants can be viewed below.
How to Access this Service

Information can be obtained by selecting the links and online forms indicated on this page. For more information, please contact a member of staff using the details below.

Service Standards
We have adopted a set of standards for the provision of this service. You can find out more about these service standards by following the link below.
Links/Forms

The following forms are available for use by operators and applicants:

 
 
 
Costs

The fee structure for applicants can be viewed by following the link above.

Main Contact

Environmental Protection

Telephone: (01902) 696220
Fax: (01902) 696222
Email: envprotection@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

 

 

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