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F15/699

Small Waste Oil Burners

Request Description

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) I would like the Council to provide the following information and answer the following questions.

1.       How many licenses (part B permits) for the running of SWOBs are currently operating in your area?

2.       Are you aware of any SWOBs that are currently unregistered or have you faced issues with failures to register in the past? What actions have been taken, in general, to deal with unlicensed SWOBs in the past? 

3.       Are sites operating SWOBs usually visited before granting a licence?

4.       Are licences regularly renewed and are sites revisited upon renewal of a licence?

5.       Are the majority of SWOBs recorded fan assisted or is this information not recorded/requested when applying for a licence?

6.       Does the local authority promote the permitting of SWOBs to encourage operators to apply or does the authority simply leave the matter to an operator's discretion to apply?

7.       When operators state on their permit application they intend to only burn their own waste oils, are they required to vary their permit before burning waste oil from third parties?

8.       How often if at all are checks performed on emissions from SWOBs to ensure they meet requirements or are operators required to monitor emissions themselves?

9.       Does the authority carry out any environmental impacts assessments to study the contribution of SWOB emissions to the local air quality, particularly PM10 and NOX concentrations?

 

Request Date21 September 2015
Requested byIndividual 
Released Date  

12 October 2015

Response

Q1. How many licenses (part B permits) for the running of SWOBs are currently operating in your area?  A1. One

Q2. Are you aware of any SWOBs that are currently unregistered or have you faced issues with failures to register in the past? What actions have been taken, in general, to deal with unlicensed SWOBs in the past?

A2. We are not aware of any unpermitted SWOBS. We have not actively sought to find any non-permitted SWOBs in recent years.

Q3. Are sites operating SWOBs usually visited before granting a licence?

A3. Yes. Visits are made as part of the application process

Q4. Are licences regularly renewed and are sites revisited upon renewal of a licence?

A4. Permits are reviewed from time to time according to guidance from Defra.  Updates to PG Notes and standardising of permits has resulted in permits being updated in recent years.

Q5. Are the majority of SWOBs recorded fan assisted or is this information not recorded/requested when applying for a licence?

A5. Not recorded / requested

Q6. Does the local authority promote the permitting of SWOBs to encourage operators to apply or does the authority simply leave the matter to an operator's discretion to apply?

A6. No active promotion has taken place.

Q7. When operators state on their permit application they intend to only burn their own waste oils, are they required to vary their permit before burning waste oil from third parties?

A7. Our SWOB permits relate to PG Note 1/1 (04).  If waste oil is to be burnt that originates from other premises, then this would then fall under PG Note 1/2 (05)

Q8. How often if at all are checks performed on emissions from SWOBs to ensure they meet requirements or are operators required to monitor emissions themselves?

A8. We require operators to check to ensure that dark smoke is not emitted from the flue (after a certain amount of time from lighting).  Where they notice this is the case they are required to write it in a log book.

Council officers undertake inspection visits at a time when the SWOB is likely to be operational.  They too will undertake a visual assessment at this time.  No actual measurements are made of the exhaust gas.

Q9. Does the authority carry out any environmental impacts assessments to study the contribution of SWOB emissions to the local air quality, particularly PM10 and NOconcentrations?

A9. No.

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