Environmental Permitting and COMAH

In 2008 the Environmental Permitting Regulations replaced the Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) Regulations. As a result of our background within the chemical industry, Ecospan Environmental Ltd is well placed to advise our customers on environmental permitting issues. Our team have over thirty years of experience in assessing, monitoring, predicting and advising on site emissions to the environment. COMAH-sideAs well as providing advice on Environmental Permitting, Ecospan also provide a range of other consultancy services on issues such as Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH). A multi-disciplinary approach to providing environmental advice on COMAH is used that often involves the screening of the chemicals and using ecotoxicity data to decide which spill scenarios pose significant environmental risk. Information on the environmental fate of each chemical and the ecological sensitivity of the receiving environment can then be combined with the output from hydrodynamic modelling (where undertaken) to determine the environmental impact of each scenario. The consequences of each spill on designated protected areas (e.g. SAC, SPA or SSSI), habitats or species is then assessed to determine whether this would result in a Major Accident To The Environment (MATTE). Since much of our work is centred on determining the environmental impact of complex effluents, we have often been required to determine indicative Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for chemicals where none have been established. We are also experienced in reviewing other established or proposed values to ensure appropriate regulation. Areas of Expertise

  • Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH)
  • Major Accident to the Environment (MATTE)
  • Environmental Permitting (previously IPPC)
  • Direct Toxicity Assessment (DTA)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment of business activities
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of planned and unplanned releases
  • Industry environmental support
  • Industrial pollution monitoring
  • Hydrodynamic Modelling of spill scenarios