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Consultation on proposals to enhance enforcement powers at regulated facilities

The Welsh Government and Defra have today published a consultation on the proposals to enhance measures to tackle waste crime and entrenched poor performance in the waste sector.  The consultation can be found on the following link:- http://gov.wales/consultations/environmentandcountryside/waste-crime-and-poor-performing-sites/?skip=1&lang=en

There aretwo parts to the consultation:

Part I: A consultation on proposals to enhance enforcement powers at regulated facilities

Seeks your comments on proposals to enhance and strengthen regulators’ existing enforcement powers to regulate all types of facilities that operate under an environmental permit.  The proposed enhancements broaden the scope of the regulators’ powers to prevent or remedy pollution.

Part II: A call for evidence on other measures to tackle waste crime and entrenched poor performance in the waste management industry

Seeks your views on measures to strengthen the demonstration of technical competence to operate a site; require the clean-up of abandoned and orphaned waste management sites; adopt fixed penalties for fly-tipping; and measures to protect landowners/ landlords from the impacts of waste crime.

While the focus of this consultation is on providing enhanced powers to the regulators to tackle waste crime, some of the powers will alsoenableenforcement actionto be takenin respect to any activities that come within the permitting regime by operating a ‘regulated facility’.

This consultation and the call for evidence are primarily (but not exclusively) aimed at: local authorities, waste producers, operators of permitted and exempt waste facilities, waste brokers and dealers, waste carriers, professional and membership organisations, businesses, consultants and charitable/voluntary bodies. As these proposals extend to all operators of regulated facilities, this consultation and the call for evidence will be of interest to all businesses across England and Wales that hold an environmental permit.

The consultation closes on Wednesday 6th May 2015, please add your responses to the online survey.

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