In November and December 2017 the Environment Agency (“EA”) updated or renewed a number of regulatory position statements (“RPS”) in England relating to various activities which at least theoretically would require an environmental permit. They related to activities or states of affairs which tend to produce little environment risk if proper care is taken. The EA is comfortable in reducing the regulatory burden in these circumstances.
They are useful documents in that compliance will mean that no regulatory action will be taken. The RPSs reduce uncertainty, costs and regulatory burdens.
Below are various RPSs that were updated/renewed in November and December 2017 by the EA.
Unfortunately RPSs are often overlooked. They are useful tools for both the regulator and the regulated. For the regulator they free up resources to concentrate on activities which create greater risk. Of course for the regulated party they are welcomed as they provide certainty and ease the costs and the administration burden of regulation.