Industrial pollution control
Certain industrial processes with the potential to cause pollution must have a permit, either from the Environment Agency or Medway Council.
These permits help to control emissions to the atmosphere.
Activities that require a permit
The types of facilities needing a permit are:
- installations or mobile plants
- waste operations
- waste mobile plant
- mining waste operations
The types of activities listed as needing a permit are:
- energy - burning fuel, gasification, liquification and refining activities
- metals - manufacturing and processing metals
- minerals - manufacturing lime, cement, ceramics or glass
- chemicals - manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals or explosives, storing chemicals in bulk
- waste - incinerating waste, operating landfill, recovering waste
- solvents - using solvents
- other examples are manufacturing paper, pulp and board, treating timber products, coating, treating textiles and printing, manufacturing new tyres, intensive pig and poultry farming
Apply for a permit
The permit your business requires depends on the specific activities involved and the resulting emissions.
Permits are available from the Environment Agency or the council depending upon the category your business falls within.
The Environment agency deal with:
- Part A(1) installations or mobile plants
- waste operations or waste mobile plant operated other than at an installation or by Part A or Part B mobile plants
- mining waste operations
Medway Council deals with Part A(2) and Part B installations or mobile plants.
We are responsible for writing the permit, setting conditions that must be met and monitoring performance to ensure that the businesses that operate such processes do so within the terms of their permits. Permit conditions set out emission limits and other abatement techniques such as maintenance and appropriate staff training.
Costs for applying for and maintaining a permit are set by Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs), not the council.
Application evaluation process
We will consider the best way to protect the environment by preventing or where that is not practicable, reducing emissions to the air, water and land.
We may inform the public of the application and must consider any representations.
The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility and we must be satisfied they are operating the facility in accordance with the environmental permit.
Public register of industrial processes
Medway has more than 60 prescribed processes, ranging from petrol stations to large manufacturing plants. You can download a public register of industrial processes.