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Consultation on proposals for transposing into NI legislation Directive EU 2015/2193 on Medium Combustion Plants (MCPs)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has issued a consultation seeking comments on the Department’s proposed protections of air quality and human health through the transposition of the MCP Directive.

The consultation is now closed. The Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 SR33 were made on 20 February 2018 and come into come into operation on 20 March 2018.

Where are MCPs used?

MCPs are used to generate heat for large buildings (offices, hotels, hospitals, prisons) and industrial processes, as well as power generation.

Who will the Regulations Affect?

They will affect operators of combustion plants with a thermal input of 1 to 50 megawatts. The Directive requires all plant in scope to be registered or permitted and sets limits on the levels of pollutants that these plants can emit according to their type, size, age, fuel type and annual operating hours. It also requires operators to test emissions from their plants to demonstrate compliance with emission limits.

The consultation also sought views on how to control nitrogen dioxide emissions from high emitting diesel generators.

The Department propose to transpose the MCPD and introduce emission controls for generators through amendments to the Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013.

Further Information

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-medium-combustion-plant-directive

Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2018/33/contents/made

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