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EA proposes land spreading changes

The Environment Agency (EA) has proposed changes to its land spreading regulations in England, including restricting the storage of non-stackable wastes to 1,250 tonnes.

Other proposed measures include revising the list of acceptable wastes, restricting the spreading of nitrogen wastes and introducing a requirement to notify the agency of an intention to commence spreading.

Land spreading will also be prevented, under the new regulations, from occurring in frozen or waterlogged conditions.

These changes are expected to cause a “significant increase” in the number of SR2010 No17 storage permits, of which there are currently four.

Some 349 other businesses, which are current and future holders of standard permits SR2010 Nos. 4, 5 and 6, will also be affected by the changes but the EA does not expect a major increase in numbers.

The EA said the changes will not affect small and medium-sized businesses disproportionately.

A consultation on the changes will run until 14 February, with new regulations expected to come into force this spring.

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