Environmental Permitting and COMAH

Given our background within the chemical industry (About Us), we are well placed to advise our customers on many aspects of the Environmental Permitting Regulations. Our team have over thirty years of experience in assessing, monitoring, predicting and advising on site emissions to the environment.

As well as providing advice on 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 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 upon designated sites (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 company 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 ExpertiseCOMAH Assessment

  • Control of Major Accident Hazards [COMAH]
  • Major Accident to the Environment [MATTE]
  • Environmental Permitting
  • 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

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