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  • Amersham Waste Transfer Station,

    Amersham, Buckinghamshire

    Environmental Permit (EP) Application

    Operating Techniques

    SLR Ref: 416.00197.00815/OT

    September 2011

  • Waste Recycling Limited i SLR Ref:.416.00197.00815/OT Amersham Waste Transfer Station Environmental Permit Application: Operating Techniques Document September 2011

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    CONTENTS 1.0 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................ 12.0 MANAGEMENT ............................................................................................................. 2

    2.1 Management System .......................................................................................... 22.2 Accident Management Plan ............................................................................... 52.3 Risk Estimation .................................................................................................. 6

    3.0 OPERATIONS ............................................................................................................. 123.1 Process Description ......................................................................................... 123.2 Permitted Activities .......................................................................................... 123.3 Waste Acceptance ............................................................................................ 123.4 Site Infrastructure and Equipment .................................................................. 13

    4.0 EMISSIONS AND MONITORING ................................................................................ 144.1 Surface water and Groundwater ..................................................................... 144.2 Sewer ................................................................................................................. 154.3 Odour ................................................................................................................. 154.4 Dust ................................................................................................................... 164.5 Noise .................................................................................................................. 164.6 Pests .................................................................................................................. 174.7 Litter .................................................................................................................. 174.8 Mud and Debris ................................................................................................ 17

    5.0 INFORMATION ............................................................................................................ 185.1 Reporting and Notifications ............................................................................ 18

    6.0 CLOSURE .................................................................................................................... 19

    REFERENCED DRAWINGS

    Drawing SCR1 Site Location Drawing SCR2 Site Layout Plan Drawing H1a Sources Pathways and Receptors Drawing H1b Cultural and Natural Heritage

    APPENDICES

    Appendix 1 Waste List

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    1.0 INTRODUCTION Waste Recycling Limited (WRL) has instructed SLR Consulting Limited (SLR) to prepare an application to operate a Waste Transfer Station (WTS) under the Environmental Permitting (EP) (England and Wales) (EP) Regulations, 2010, at Amersham, in Buckinghamshire.

    The site is located within the Chiltern District to the south of the A413 between Amersham and Chaltfont St Giles, approximately 1.2km to the south of the southern fringe of Amersham. The site lies adjacent to the existing Chiltern District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council recycling and waste management facilities (the Depot). The Depot includes a household waste recycling centre (HWRC). Site access would be via the existing access road to the Depot from the A413. The site location is detailed on Drawing SCR1. Drawing SCR2 illustrates the site layout and indicative site surfacing arrangement. The sites environmental context is illustrated on Drawings H1a and H1b which support this application. It is proposed that the site would be permitted to accept up to 85,000 tpa of non hazardous waste from Household, Commercial and Industrial (HCI) sources. A full list of the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes proposed for acceptance under the conditions of the permit is included in Appendix 1 of this report.

    This Operating Techniques Document should be read in conjunction with the rest of this application which comprises of EP Application Forms Parts A, B2, B4 and F1, a Non-Technical Summary and supporting appendices, a H1 Environmental Risk Assessment and Site Condition Report.

    1.1.1 Report Structure

    This report describes the operating techniques that would be implemented at the facility to ensure compliance with the conditions of the Environmental Permit. The report has been drafted to satisfy the requirements of Environmental Agency (EA) Guidance1 and is divided into the following Sections.

    Section 1 Introduction

    Section 2 Management

    Section 3 Operations

    Section 4 Emissions and Monitoring

    Section 5 Information

    1 How to comply with your environmental permit. EPR1.00 (V4.0 April 2011)

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    2.0 MANAGEMENT

    2.1 Management System

    WRL, the applicant and operator of the proposed faclity is, part of the Waste Recycling Group (WRG) group of companies. For the purposes of this application, statements being made under the WRG banner or logo should be considered synonymous with WRL. All WRLs facilities are operated under an Integrated Management System (IMS), which includes a Health and Safety, a Quality Management System, which is certified to ISO9001 for selected corporate activities and, an Environmental Management Systems of which all operational sites are certified to ISO14001.

    The IMS will be in place from the start of operations at site and WRL will work towards ISO14001 accreditation within 12 months. The management systems would therefore ensure that:

    the risks that the activities pose to the environment are identified; the measures that are required to minimise the risks are identified; the activities are managed in accordance with the management system; performance against the management system is audited at regular intervals; and the Environmental Permit is complied with.

    The IMS would be reviewed at least once every 4 years or in response to significant changes to the activities, accidents or non compliance. The IMS would be supplemented by this document which outlines the proposed operating techniques at the site and demonstrates conformance with the requirements of relevant and published EA Guidance.

    2.1.1 Management Structure and Responsibilities

    The Site Manager would be responsible for day to day operations and compliance with the Environmental Permit.

    Whenever the site is open to receive or dispatch wastes, or is carrying out any of the waste management operations, it would be supervised by at least one member of staff who is suitably trained and fully conversant with the requirements of the permit regarding: waste acceptance and control procedures; operational controls; maintenance checklist; record-keeping; emergency action plans; accident management plans; and notifications to the Environment Agency.

    2.1.2 Technical Competence and Training

    The site would be managed by sufficient staff, competent to operate the site. The management system would deliver the following:

    all staff would have clearly defined roles and responsibilities; records would be maintained of the skills required for each post; records would be maintained of the training and relevant qualifications undertaken by

    staff to meet the requirement of each post; and

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    operations would be governed by standard operating instructions.

    Operations at the site would be under the overall control of a technically competent person who holds the relevant Certificate of Technical Competence (COTC) under the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) scheme. If a technically competent person is not available to assist with the pre-acceptance of the waste, then a final technical assessment prior to approval would be made.

    An assessment of staff training needs would be carried out to identify the posts for which specific environmental awareness training is needed, and to determine the scope and level of such training. The assessment of training needs would be reviewed on an annual basis.

    The training programme would ensure that relevant staff are aware of the following:

    regulatory implications of the permit for the site and their specific work activity; all potential environmental effects from operations under normal and abnormal

    circumstances; the need to report deviations from the permit; and prevention of accidental emissions and the action to be taken should accidental

    emissions occur.

    2.1.3 Site Security

    In orde

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