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Do you flare LPG - then you need to read this!

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Flaring lpg fuel from end of life vehicles must be dealt with according to a new regulatory position statement.

The government recently put out a regulatory position statement (RPS) covering the flaring of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) removed from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) at permitted sites.

The information explains that provided you follow the conditions of the RPS, you don’t need to apply to vary (change) your environmental permit to flare LPG removed during the depollution process.

If you can’t comply with the conditions listed below, and you want to flare LPG you will need to apply to vary your permit. These are the LPG flaring conditions you must comply with:
  • remove the LPG from the vehicle fuel tank using a system specifically designed and manufactured for purging vehicle tanks of LPG and flaring off the gas
  • purge and flare in a clearly identified, designated area of the site, away from any combustible and flammable materials
  • detail the process and location for purging and flaring in your fire prevention plan
  • carry out a Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations assessment and put measures in place to eliminate or control the risks
  • clearly label the tanks you’ve removed from a vehicle to identify that they have been purged and send them for recovery at a suitably permitted site
  • not purge or flare any gas other than LPG from automotive LPG tanks on site
  • You must make sure the purging and flaring of LPG from ELVs doesn’t endanger human health or the environment.
You must not:
  • cause a risk to water, air, soil, plants or animals
  • cause a nuisance through noise or odours
  • adversely affect the countryside or places of special interest
An RPS means that the Environment Agency will not normally take enforcement action against you provided:
  • your activity meets the description set out in this RPS
  • you comply with the conditions set out in this RPS
  • your activity doesn’t (and isn’t likely to) cause environmental pollution or harm human health
The RPS will be reviewed by 30 September 2017. You’ll can check back then to see whether this statement still applies or if you need to apply for a permit.

Full information is available here.

March 2017

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