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Permitted industrial processes

The Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, as amended, regulate through a process of permitting industrial processes where there is the potential for significant emissions to the atmosphere (including water and land for Part A processes).

United Kingdom and European Union law defines the processes that are regulated under this legislation.

Large scale and more polluting sites known as Part A1 processes, such as Addenbrookes Clinical Waste Incinerator, are regulated by the Environment Agency, and Part A2 and Part B processes, which are less environmentally significant, are regulated by local authorities.

Further information and specific guidance on processes, including fees and charges, can be found on the Defra website.

Public Registers kept by the Environment Agency and Cambridge City Council contain relevant information concerning permits for the processes they regulate. Information regarding sites regulated by the Environment Agency, can be viewed via their website. Copies of permit documents for all sites can be viewed at the Council Offices during normal office hours.

Cambridge city currently permits processes including cement batchers; waste oil burners; petrol stations; dry cleaners; vehicle resprayers, and an aircraft resprayer.

We have adopted an enforcement policy in relation to the regulation of permitted processes. The policy is in accordance with national Enforcement Concordat principles and can be found below.

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