The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018. Comes into force 29th January. Amends the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/1154).Part 2 of these Regulations adds provisions relating to medium combustion plants (“MCPs”). It transposes the Medium Combustion Plant Directive, which lays down rules to control emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and dust from MCPs. The amendments require MCPs to comply with emission limit values for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and dust, subject to specified exceptions. Part 2 also introduces provisions in relation to certain generators (“specified generators”). These Regulations impose additional requirements in relation to specified generators, to further limit emissions of nitrogen oxides. Part 3 makes amendments to the Air Quality Standard Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/1001)and the Air Quality Standard (Wales) Regulations 2010 (WSI 2010/1433), as part of the transposition of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive. The amendments require that when preparing an air quality plan, the Secretary of State, or the Welsh Ministers, must consider whether to include measures imposing lower emission limit values for MCPs than those set out in the Medium Combustion Plant Directive, if that would make a noticeable improvement to air quality.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2018. Comes into force 1st of March. Amends the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/3113).
There is a substituted Reg 34 which makes new provision for the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) deposited at designated collection facilities. A new reporting requirement has been inserted into Reg 35, relating to the amount of WEEE sent for treatment or for reuse outside the United Kingdom.
The Town and Country Planning General (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2018. Comes into force 23rd February. These Regulations remove the exception, in Reg 9 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/1492SI , altogether in relation to England, so that planning permission granted by any interested planning authority in England to itself will enure for the benefit of the land. This change will not affect planning permission granted before these Regulations come into force.