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Environmental Permits and ATF’s

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Applying for an EA permit is a big decision but if you're dismantling vehicles then you need to take this seriously. Luckily Paul Downing is on hand for advice.

Paul Downing & Associates have been working with a number of ATFs on applications and variations for ELV permits. The permit application process is similar to that of a planning application and can take several months before the Environment Agency issue a permit to operate.


On application for a permit, the EA want to know the “baseline” environmental conditions on the site e.g. current noise levels, contaminated land levels, procedures in place for accepting waste and impacts on the local environment. The idea being that when you eventually finish operations the EA make you return the site to how it was when you started operations.

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Paul Downing & Associates are an environmental consultancy dealing with Environment Agency and environmental permit issues faced by a number of industrial sectors including ATF’s.

If you have any issues, visit Paul Downing & Associates or you can contact Paul on 07790 147084
Currently the EA have a focus on fire at ATF sites and all permit applications have to be accompanied by a fire prevention plan. This plan has to detail what access you have to mains water, how long you can retain water from fire engines on-site in the event of a fire, pile separation distances and quarantine areas so that smaller fires can be safely controlled.

The guidance is exacting and some smaller operators are having problems in complying with the requirements, for example there must be a 6m separation distance around quarantined waste. Some of the smaller yards simply do not have the space or resources to comply with the guidance in its current form. Alternative measures therefore have to be proposed.

The decision to apply for an environmental permit is one not to be taken lightly, it is both costly and time consuming and there is no guarantee that the EA will grant a permit at the end of the process. If this is of concern to you, then please call Paul for a chat which will hopefully make your position a little clearer and help you decide which way to go.

For further information on ELV permit applications contact Paul on 07790 147084 or visit Paul Downing & Associates

April 2017

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