All EPA licences are issued with a variety of conditions which detail the extent to key issues to be addressed, including:
- Site Infrastructure
- Environmental emissions control and abatement measures
- Inspection, monitoring, and reporting requirements
- Data Management and Communications Plans
There is a significant body of work required to address the conditions presented in IPC, IED or Waste Licence issued by the EPA.
It is essential to address all action items on a managed basis with adequate resources such that they can be brought to a point where they will be acceptable to the EPA.
In our experience, it is of paramount importance to communicate with the EPA on a regular basis, especially where improvements have been achieved or where agreed targets/deadlines cannot be achieved – for whatever reason.
Our approach has been proven to be effective over the years and may be summarised as follows:
- Inventory all EPA Licence conditions
- Review documentation including reports, drawings and site records required as conditions to the Licence
- Conduct a Gap Analysis
- Review all relevant and current guidance documents
- Meet with the client and key internal/contractor stakeholders to:
- Identify resources which are required/available to address outstanding Licence Conditions.
- Allocate/procure resources for key activities. People, Process, Procedures (and budget!!!)
- Agree a provisional schedule of works inclusive of resource requirements and projected timelines.
- This programme of works should include “once off” events and recurring items, e.g. monitoring and reporting requirements
- Communicate the provisional project plan (s) to the EPA
- Seek approval for key works and timelines as may be required.
- Implement and review all aspects of the schedule of works at key benchmarks in the project plan.
- Communicate all completions to the EPA in writing.
- Equally, communicate all issues/concerns/delays which may impact upon the successful completion of aspects of the schedule of works as agreed with the EPA.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss your EPA Licence and how you can avoid “death by a thousand cuts”
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