Landfill sites can be closed in the following circumstances:
(i) When the conditions specified in the landfill permit are satisfied (eg the site is full);
(ii) When the Environment Agency approves the initiation of the closure procedures following a request from the operator; or
(iii) By a reasoned decision of the Environment Agency to initiate closure procedures (eg because the requirements of the landfill permit are not being met).
In circumstances where the Environment Agency has taken a reasoned decision in accordance with (iii) above, the agency shall serve a closure notice on the operator of the landfill setting out its reasons for requiring closure. Clearly, adverse impact on the local environment/residents may constitute one of those reasons.