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The Large Combustion Plants (Scotland) Regulations 2002

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Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Large Combustion Plants (Scotland) Regulations 2002 and shall come into force on 27th November 2002.

(2) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires–

“the 1990 Act” means the Environmental Protection Act 1990(1);

“the 2000 Regulations” means the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000(2);

“authorisation” means an authorisation granted under section 6 of the 1990 Act;

“combustion plant” means a combustion plant as defined in Article 2(7) of the Directive and to which the Directive applies(3);

“the Directive” means Council Directive 2001/80/EC on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants(4);

“new plant” has the meaning given in Article 2(9) of the Directive;

“permit” means a permit granted under regulation 7 of the 2000 Regulations; and

“SEPA” means the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Amendment to the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000

3.  Regulation 2(2) of the 2000 Regulations is amended by adding a new sub paragraph (c) as follows–

(c)where–

(i)an installation includes a combustion plant as defined in Article 2(7) of Council Directive 2001/80/EC and to which that Directive applies; and

(ii)the rated thermal input of the combustion plant is extended by 50 megawatts or more,

the extension shall be treated as a substantial change in operation..

Authorisation to operate new plants

4.  Where a new plant is, on 27th November 2002, subject to a permit but the plant is not put into operation before 28th November 2003, the permit shall cease to authorise the operation of that plant until such time as it is varied by SEPA pursuant to regulation 13 of the 2000 Regulations so as to give effect, in relation to the plant, to the requirements of the Directive.

Deemed conditions in authorisations and permits

5.—(1) Where on 27th November 2002–

(a)a new plant is subject to an authorisation or a permit; and

(b)the plant benefits from the derogation in Article 5(1) of Council Directive 88/609/EEC on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants(5) by virtue of operating between 2000 and 2200 hours a year,

any condition in the authorisation or permit applying that derogation shall, in so far as it applies that derogation, cease to have effect and the relevant emission limit values prescribed in Articles 4(1) and 17(2) of the Directive shall apply to the plant.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall cease to apply in relation to any authorisation or permit which is varied by SEPA under Part I of the 1990 Act or regulation 13 of the 2000 Regulations so as to give effect, in relation to the plant, to Article 5(1) of the Directive.

(3) Where a combustion plant is subject to an authorisation or a permit on 27th November 2002, the authorisation or permit shall be read as containing the following additional condition–

  • In the event of malfunction or breakdown of the abatement equipment, the operator shall, if a return to normal operation is not achieved within 24 hours, reduce or close down operations or use low-polluting fuels, or take such other steps as SEPA requires. The cumulative duration of unabated operation in any twelve month period shall not, unless agreed in advance by SEPA, exceed 120 hours..

(4) Paragraph (3) shall cease to apply in relation to any authorisation or permit which is varied by SEPA under Part I of the 1990 Act or regulation 13 of the 2000 Regulations so as to give effect, in relation to the plant, to Article 7(1) of the Directive.

(5) Where a new plant is, on 27th November 2002, subject to an authorisation or a permit the authorisation or permit shall be read as containing the following additional condition–

The values of the 95% confidence intervals of single measured result shall not exceed the following percentages of the emission limit values:

Sulphur dioxide20%
Nitrogen oxides20%
Dust30%

The validated hourly and daily average values shall be determined from the measured valid hourly average values after having subtracted the value of the confidence interval specified above.

Any day in which more than three hourly average values are invalid due to malfunction or maintenance of the continuous measurement system shall be invalidated..

(6) Paragraph (5) shall cease to apply in relation to any authorisation or permit which is varied by SEPA under Part I of the 1990 Act or regulation 13 of the 2000 Regulations so as to give effect in relation to the plant to paragraph 6 of Part A of Annex VIII to the Directive.

Allan Wilson

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

6th November 2002

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