The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is conducting a review of Local Authority (LA) environmental permitting fees and charges for regulation of industrial plant in England. Consultation closes 3rd November. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/industrial-pollution-control/la-epr-fees-charges
LAs regulate certain industrial facilities providing permits which set conditions to control, minimise or avoid local pollution and which set emission limits for certain activities. There are charges for granting or in certain cases for varying a permit and annual substance fees levied by LAs on permitted operators. The fees and charges levied reflect the cost of regulating activity required for the facility.
The aim of the review is to see if:the level of fees and charges are set at the correct level there are ways to reduce burdens for LA regulators and/or for industry there are ways to streamline administrative processes within Government to reduce the burden on the tax payer.
The European Commission is carrying out public consultations on the evaluation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=8931 and the Lifts Directive 95/16/EC http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=8930
Both consultations close on 16th December.
The Department for Transport is consulting on proposed changes to the estimation of wider economic impacts in transport appraisal guidance (WebTAG). Consultation closes 22nd December.