Waste Disposal: Environment Protection

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th June 2022.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average length of time was for the Environment Agency to process a waste installation permit application from point of first application to final determination for the 2021-22 financial year; and what proportion of those applications took longer than six months to process.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency (EA) determined 28 new waste installation permits for the financial year 2021-22. Waste installation permits are required for activities such as incineration and co-incineration of waste, landfills, other forms of disposal of waste, recovery of waste, temporary or underground storage of hazardous waste and treatment of wastewater.

The average period from the point the EA received a permit application to when a permit was issued was 378 days. Of the 28 applications determined - 89% took over 6 months (180 days).

These are some of the most complex and highest risk activities the EA regulates. These activities have the potential to cause significant harm to the environment and communities if not appropriately assessed and managed.

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