Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Almost any type of solid, liquid or gaseous substance can cause water pollution. However, there are practical ways you can minimise the risk of causing a water pollution incident.
If you have a pollution prevention and control permit or waste management licence some of these measures may be included as conditions of your permit or licence, which you must comply with.
It is important that you store and handle materials in a responsible way. For example, you should:
If you store oil, such as petrol or diesel, in containers there are certain legal requirements that you may need to comply with. See our guideline: Oil Storage
Put in place measures to prevent uncontrolled releases or leaks from causing pollution. For example, you should:
GPP2: Above ground oil storage tanks (Adobe PDF)
Be prepared for an accident at your site. For example, you should:
You may be liable for pollution that occurs as a result of damage caused by intruders.
See our guideline: Pollution incident response planning
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
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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