Industrial Air Pollution

 

If you would like to make a complaint about industrial air pollution, please use the report it eform or call 01903 737755. Information about how to obtain a permit for any business or activity likely to cause air pollution is available below. 

 

Environmental permits 

The Environmental Health team issues permits under Environmental Permitting Regulations in respect of certain processes that have the potential to cause air pollution. Larger or more complex industrial processes, which are potentially more polluting or may contaminate land or water, are permitted by the Environment Agency. Arun District Council currently permits a total of 22 installations including petrol service stations, dry cleaning establishments, operators of small waste oil burners, and a vehicle respraying premises, all operating under standard permit conditions. Two more complex installations operate under bespoke permit conditions, a further application for an Environmental Permit in respect of a waste wood combustion installation has recently been approved and can be viewed under Cobbins Nursery Application.

The following premises have environmental permits:

 
Further information about these installlations is contained in the Public Register and is available to view at the Littlehampton office. Please email pollution@arun.gov.uk or call 01903 737755 for more information. 
 

Summary of the local authority pollution control system

Local authorities must regulate certain types of factory and other activities such as dry cleaners. This is to reduce any pollution they may cause and help improve air quality. Businesses which operate these premises must have a permit from the Local Authority. If a permit is issued, the council they must note how the pollution is to be minimised. In law, the premises are known as "installations". They are divided into Part A1, Part A2 and Part B installations. The Environment Agency deals with Part A1 premises and  Local Authorities deal with Part A2 and Part B installations. Local authorities deal with a large number of different installations such as glassworks, foundries, rendering plant, maggot breeders, petrol stations, concrete crushers, sawmills and paint manufacturers. Regulations say exactly which installations need a permit, but in several cases only larger installations need one. 
 

Getting a permit

The operator of the installation must apply for a permit, for which there is a fee. Relevant members of the public and other organisations are consulted during the consideration of the application. If the permit is issued, it must include conditions which will say how pollution is to be minimised. The Government has published guidance for each type of installation. If the authority decides to refuse a permit, a business can appeal to the Government. A business can also appeal if it has received a permit but does not agree with any of the conditions.
 
Once a permit is issued, the operator must comply with the permit conditions and pay an annual charge. Installations are rated as high, medium or low risk. This is based on two things - what the environmental impact would be if something went wrong and how reliable and effective the operator of the installation is.  The annual charge is lower for low and medium risk installations.
 
Local authorities have powers if a business does not comply with its permit or operates without one. They can serve various sorts of legal notice and can also take the business to court. We try to work with businesses to solve problems, and only use legal measures as a last resort. Officers also often try to advise on money saving ways of reducing pollution.
 
You will find the law in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, statutory instrument number 2007/3538. The Part B system is known as Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC). The A2 system is Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC). For many of the listed installations, the Regulations also implement European Community Directives. For more guidance on pollution standards please see the General Guidance Manual.
 
Defra is the Government Department responsible for the system in England.  Contact details are helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk  or telephone 08459 33 55 77.
 
 

Cobbins Nursery Application