If you manage extractive waste then this activity may be a mining waste operation, which is regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
Click on the headings below to find out more:
Find out if your facility needs an environmental permit.
Find out how to make changes to (vary), transfer or surrender your permit.
You may vary an environmental permit, for example for a water discharge, to add a mining waste operation to it. There are a few scenarios as to how this could happen:
A separate water discharge from the extraction site:
- the existing water discharge is from the extraction site, and not from the mining waste operation. It already has an environmental permit for the water discharge (a standalone regulated facility). You can add the mining waste operation to that permit, if it is managed by the same operator. If this would be a standard rules activity (inert), we can add the standard rules to the conditions for the water discharge.
An integral water discharge to the mining waste:
- you can apply to vary the environmental permit for this existing water discharge to add a standard rules facility.
Guidance on completing your application and to help you comply with the conditions of your environmental permit.
You need to fill in the application form if you want to apply for a new permit or if you want to change, transfer or surrender your permit.
Find out how we consult with the public and relevant organisations on applications for permits.
The Environment Agency must decide whether to grant or refuse the applications listed on this page. If it grants an application, it must also decide what conditions should be included in the permit.
If you still aren’t sure whether you need an Environmental Permit, please contact our National Customer Contact Centre on 0370 8506506. If your enquiry is of a technical nature they may pass you to someone in our area offices.
Please be aware that the amount of free time we can spend on pre-application is limited. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant guidance before you call us.