Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If your activities cause an imminent threat of environmental damage under the environmental liability regime you will be committing an offence if you do not:
To find out who your enforcing body is, see the page in this guideline on Remediating environmental damage.
For example, if you become aware of poorly maintained storage equipment that is at risk of leaking, or is already leaking, and could cause environmental damage, you must take action immediately to stop environmental damage. If your action does not succeed in reducing the risk, you must report it immediately:
You are committing an offence if you do not report environmental damage or remaining threats of environmental damage. It is also an offence if you do not take action to prevent further damage.
People who may be affected by possible damage may also report the risk to the enforcing body, and ask them to take action.
Your enforcing body may require you to take necessary action to prevent environmental damage, or to prevent further damage. If you do not comply you will be committing an offence.
You may need to ask the permission of any other landowners if you need access to their property to carry out the work.
The enforcing body can do the prevention work themselves and charge you for this if:
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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