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The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007

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16.—(1) Disposal of agricultural waste consisting of non-hazardous pesticide solution or washings in a lined biobed at the place of production of the waste if—

(a)every part of the place where the activity is carried out is surfaced with an impermeable pavement provided with a sealed drainage system so that all liquids are directed into the biobed;

(b)the biobed is located at a secure place at least—

(i)10 metres from a watercourse, and

(ii)50 metres from a spring, well or borehole;

(c)the lining of the biobed is impermeable;

(d)the biobed is suitable for treatment of the waste;

(e)the biobed is covered with turf; and

(f)the total quantity of waste being treated does not exceed 15,000 litres in any period of 12 months.

(2) Secure covered storage of not more than 1,500 litres of waste at the place where it is intended to be so disposed of.

(3) Treatment of land used for agriculture with agricultural waste consisting of biobed material where such treatment results in benefit to agriculture or ecological improvement if—

(a)the biobed material is stored securely for 12 months before it is spread;

(b)the biobed material consists of a mixture of straw, compost and biologically active soil;

(c)the land is at least—

(i)10 metres from a watercourse, and

(ii)50 metres from a spring, well or borehole;

(d)at the start of the treatment and at any time during the treatment—

(i)the land has not been frozen for 12 or more hours during the preceding 24 hours, and

(ii)the land is not waterlogged, flooded or snow-covered;

(e)the operation is carried out in accordance with any requirement imposed by an action programme under the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (England and Wales) Regulations 1998(1); and

(f)the total quantity of waste used does not exceed 50 tonnes per hectare in any period of 12 months.

(4) Secure storage at the place of production of waste that is intended to be so treated if—

(a)no more than 50 cubic metres is stored at any one time; and

(b)no waste is stored for more than 3 years.

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S.I. 1998/1202, amended by S.I. 2002/2614, 2003/1852 (W.202)

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