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Issue June 2008

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International Accreditation Day!

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The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) have designated June 9, 2008, the first International Accreditation Day. What is International Accreditation Day? International Accreditation Day provides an opportunity to celebrate accreditation and the benefits it provides to Regulators, businesses and consumers.

For more information visit the International Accreditation Day public area of the ILAC site If you need training to help you achieve or retain your accreditation then check out our main website www.jpd.co.uk for further details on our wide range of courses. Book online and save £20.


Heat from air, water and ground to be added to list of microgeneration sources

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Technologies such as Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps and Water Source Heat Pumps will, on July 23 2008, be added to the list of sources of energy and technologies which would cut emissions of greenhouse gases in Great Britain, following The Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 (Sources of Energy and Technologies) Order 2008 coming into force.The Order, which will amend the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006, means that the use of technologies relying on heat from air, water or ground sources will be included in the community energy projects that the Secretary of State has a duty to promote and which can be promoted by parish councils and community councils. One of the aims of the 2006 Act was to make it easier for microgenerators to sell excess energy back to their suppliers. The full text of the Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/draft/ukdsi_9780110814766_en_1 The full text of the 2006 Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2006/ukpga_20060019_en_1

Further information, contained in the in Touch article relating to the 2006 Act, can be accessed from: http://www.jpd.co.uk/intouch/2006/07/12/climate-change-and-sustainable-energy-act/

Source: http://www.opsi.co.uk/ (accessed 04/06/08)


Consultation on the enforcement of REACH in the UK

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Defra, with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Devolved Administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is consulting on the draft Regulations and administrative arrangements for the enforcement in the UK of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).The aim of the REACH Regulation is to ensure a high level of protection from hazardous substances for the environment and human health, whilst stimulating innovation and competitiveness in the chemical industry. The focus of the consultation is on the draft REACH Regulations and the arrangements for their proposed enforcement in the UK. It sets out how the Government proposes to meet the enforcement requirement while ensuring that the burdens imposed on businesses and the regulators are no greater than is strictly necessary. The consultation will close on 25 August 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/reach-enforce/index.htm Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 04/06/08)


Consultations on the European Commission's proposed Directive on Industrial Emissions (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control)

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Defra are inviting views on the European Commission's proposed Directive on Industrial Emissions (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) (Recast) through four simultaneous consultations. The separate consultations are on:

  • The substantive amendments in the proposed Directive,
  • The components of the proposed Directive which will have a particular impact on combustions plants,
  • The components of the proposed Directive which will have a particular impact on the intensive livestock farming sector, and
  • Various other activities.

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) applies to about 4,000 industrial installations in the UK. It requires each installation to have a permit containing emission limit values and other conditions set to minimise emissions of pollutants likely to be emitted in significant quantities to air, water or land. In November 2005, the Commission launched a review of the IPPC Directive which culminated in the publication of a Commission Communication on 21 December 2007 accompanying the Commission's proposal for a Directive on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) (recast), which in turn was accompanied by an impact assessment.

The consultation will close on 25 July 2008. Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/emissions-greybits/

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 04/06/08)


Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards Consultations

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The Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (EPAQS) are inviting views and technical comments on two draft reports published in May. The first report, "guidelines for metals and metalloids in ambient air for the protection of human health" is the second report by the EPAQS as part of a new work programme in which the Panel is advising the Environment Agency on some of the priority substances that it is responsible for regulating. In this report EPAQS recommend guideline values for arsenic, beryllium, chromium and nickel; metals which are all human or suspected human carcinogens and have been shown to affect human health through the inhalation route.The second report, "Addendum to Guidelines for halogen and hydrogen halides in ambient air for protecting human health against acute irritancy effects", is an addendum to a report published in February 2006 which recommended guideline values intended to represent a level of halogen and hydrogen halides at which no significant health effects would be expected to occur over the short-term. This addendum addresses the long-term (chronic) exposure effects and as such proposes additional provisional guideline values. Both consultations will close on 6 August 2008. Further information about the consultation concerning metals and metalloids is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/metals-metalloids/index.htm

Further information about the consultation concerning halogen and hydrogen halides is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/halogen-halides/index.htm

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 05/06/08)


Air Quality Expert Group Consultation on Ozone in the United Kingdom

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The Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) has published a draft report on "Ozone in the United Kingdom" on which it is currently inviting views and technical comments. The AQEG provides advice on such things as the levels, sources and characteristics of air pollutants in the UK and considers current knowledge on air pollution. The Report aims to address the key policy-related questions put to AQEG by Defra and the Devolved Administrations including what the likely impact of climate change on future ozone levels in Europe over the next two decades will be. The consultation will close on 6 August 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/ozone2008/index.htm

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 05/06/08)


Consultation on the EU Commission's proposals to amend the EU Emissions Trading System

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DEFRA are inviting views and comments on the EU Commission's proposed amendments to the EU Emissions Trading System, published as a package on 23 January 2008 with proposals for ways of tackling climate change and delivering a low carbon economy in Europe. The proposals include the ability for smaller combustion installations to be able to opt out of the scheme and expanding the scheme to with new sectors and gasses to be covered.The EU Emissions Trading Scheme is a Europe wide scheme which puts a price on the carbon that businesses use and creates a market for carbon. It has been in place since 2005 and is the first scheme of its kind in the world. The consultation will close on 30 July 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/euets-2013amendments/

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 05/06/08)


SEPA Consultation on Control of Priority and Dangerous Substances and Specific Pollutants in the Water Environment

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have launched a two month consultation on their guidance on the control of toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative substances set to protect the water environment and are inviting views and comments on the matter.

In particular, comments are sought on the following matters:

  • SEPA's proposals for determining whether a discharge is liable to contain listed substances.
  • The proposed thresholds for significant level or loading of listed substances and the application to both rivers and coastal waters.
  • The method for establishing lower and upper tier numeric discharge quality licence conditions.
  • The potential impact of these proposals upon your business.
  • The level of protection provided for the water environment.

The guidance, taking into account responses to the consultation, is intended to be finalised and take effect from 01 April 2009. The consultation will close on 18 July 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.sepa.org.uk/pdf/consultation/current/dangerous_substances...

Source: http://www.sepa.org.uk/  (accessed 05/06/08)


Consultation on Guidance for Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities

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The Environment Agency are welcoming comments from all interested parties on two pieces of newly published guidance documents: "Deep Geological Disposal Facilities for Radioactive Wastes: Guidance on Requirements for Authorisation" produced jointly with the Environment and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland, and  "Near-Surface Disposal Facilities for radioactive wastes: Guidance on Requirements for Authorisation" produced jointly with both EHSNI and SEPA.

Each guidance document covers a number of key topics including:

  • Principles for solid radioactive waste disposal
  • Authorisation of disposal
  • Management, radiological and technical requirements
  • Environmental safety case
  • Policy and legislative framework

The draft guidance sets out what is to be expected for any new disposal facilities to deal with radioactive waste and for the operation of existing facilities. The improved guidance will help deliver safe and sustainable management of these wastes for present and future generations. The consultation will close on 18 July 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/2045337 Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/  (accessed 05/06/08)


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