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The Environment Agency has recently published an updated regulatory position statement (RPS) on land contamination pilot trials and small scale remediation schemes: RPS 215.

You normally need an environmental permit for pilot trials and small scale remediation schemes for land contamination activities that involve the treatment of waste for recovery.

However, if you follow the conditions in this regulatory position statement (RPS) you do not need to apply for an environmental permit for a waste operation for:

  • site-specific pilot trials to see if an established remediation technique will work on the waste material
  • small scale remediation schemes

If you cannot meet the conditions in this RPS you must apply for an environmental permit.

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