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The Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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15.—(1) The authority shall carry out an inspection (a “routine inspection”) of a storage complex—

(a)during the initial period—

(i)no later than one year from the date that period commences; and

(ii)subsequently, no later than one year from the date of the immediately previous inspection; and

(b)during the post-closure period—

(i)no later than five years from the date that period commences; and

(ii)subsequently, no later than five years from the date of the immediately previous inspection.

(2) A routine inspection shall include an examination of—

(a)the injection and monitoring facilities; and

(b)the effects from the storage complex on the environment and human health.

(3) The authority shall carry out an inspection of a storage complex if—

(a)the authority becomes aware of—

(i)leakages or significant irregularities; or

(ii)a breach of the terms or conditions of the storage permit; or

(b)a complaint is made to the authority about the effects from the storage complex on the environment or human health, unless the authority is of the opinion that the complaint is frivolous or vexatious.

(4) The authority may carry out an inspection other than when required under paragraph (1) or (3) as the authority considers appropriate.

(5) An inspection carried out pursuant to paragraph (3) or (4)—

(a)does not constitute a routine inspection for the purposes of paragraph (1); but

(b)may be carried out simultaneously with a routine inspection.

(6) In this regulation, in relation to a storage complex—

(a)“initial period” means the period commencing on the date on which injection commences at the storage site and ending on the third anniversary of the date of closure of the storage site;

(b)“monitoring facilities” means facilities used for the carrying out of a programme of monitoring pursuant to the provisions in the storage permit included by virtue of regulation 9(1)(g) and paragraph 2 of Schedule 2;

(c)“post-closure period” means the period commencing on the day after the third anniversary of the date of closure of the storage site and ending on the date on which the relevant licence is terminated;

(d)“year” means a period of twelve months.

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