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Environmental Assessment Levels

The Environment Agency has now published the Response Document to its recent consultation on new Environmental Assessment Levels (EALs) for 12 substances, including 2 new ones related to Carbon Capture and Storage.

They have updated EALs for arsenic, benzene, chloroform, chromium VI, ethylene dichloride, methyl chloroform, naphthalene, tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene and vinyl chloride and added 2 new ones (mono-ethanolamine and N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

The new EALs will be used with immediate effects on all substantial permit variations and new permit applications, increasing our protection of human health from our regulated industry. For existing permits, the new values will be implemented during cyclical sector reviews.

The new EALs have been incorporated in their air emission risk assessment guidance on GOV.UK as highlighted in the relevant table, Environmental Assessment Levels (scroll down from link below)

The Environment Agency is now working on revision of the next set of EALs, aiming for a second consultation towards the end of this financial year.

Peter Walker

BCSA Director Health, Safety and Training