Exo Environmental provides a wide range of services to comply with consents and licensing. Our experts have extensive experience in drafting relevant documents and following regulatory procedures.
Under the European Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) (WsFD), dredged material is classed as a waste and classified under two waste catalogue codes:
- 170505 “Dredging spoil containing dangerous substances”
- 170506 “Dredging spoil other than those mentioned in 170505”
Additionally, under the hierarchy of waste management options described within the WsFD, disposal is considered to be the “least favoured option”. As a result, managing the arising sediment can be a logistical and costly challenge that requires a careful and innovative approach to project design.
When it comes to consents and licensing, Exo Environmental is a Licensed Waste Operator and we specialise in the beneficial reuse of dredged material, contaminated or not. As the favoured approach to managing arising dredging spoil, we are able to design and deliver dredging projects to specification, from conception to completion, whilst simultaneously minimising costs and maximising environmental benefits.
Different beneficial use options available include:
- Habitat creation
- In-channel applications
- Flood embankment
- Spreading on agricultural land (SR2010 No4)
- Side casting (D1 exemption)
- Other infrastructure (SR2010 No7 or No8)
- Land reclamation (SR2010 No5, No9 and No10)
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Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
With our knowledge of the coastal environment and regulatory frameworks, Exo Environmental offer EIA expertise and services for all of our projects, no matter the complexity, to ensure that all activities comply with legal requirements and are conducted in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner.
Under the EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (85/337/EEC) and subsequent amendments, EIAs are required for a wide range of projects to predict the potential environmental impacts as a result of the works.
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Habitat regulation assessments (HRA)
Exo Environmental has extensive experience of working within heavily protected sites, particularly within coastal environments and can advise and offer guidance on what assessment is likely required, whilst applying our experience to demonstrate to the relevant authorities that deleterious impacts on European sites can be avoided.
The Habitats (92/43/EEC) and Birds (2009/147/EC) Directives have given rise to the so-called Natura 2000 network of European designated sites. These Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protected Areas (SPAs) protect the most valuable habitats and bird species across the continent respectively.
It is the requirement of this legislation for a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) to be performed for any project with the potential to affect any SAC or SPA. In the UK, it is also a matter of policy to include Ramsar Sites within the assessment.
- Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners
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Clearing the waters assessment
Applying our wealth of experience, gained through working across a range of aquatic ecosystems, we support our clients permitting applications to make sure that their projects meet the legislative requirements.
The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) (WFD), aims to protect, restore and enhance our aquatic ecosystems, with the objective of achieving “good status” for all inland, transitional, coastal (out to one nautical mile) and ground waters based on a range of physical, chemical and biological parameters.
For all projects with the potential to “cause or contribute to deterioration in status” or “jeopardise the water body achieving good status”, a “Clearing the Waters for All” assessment is required. This process allows the identification of potential impacts, supports the implementation of mitigation measures and ensures that the project complies with the relevant river basin management plan.
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In order to assess the impact on historical assets, Exo Environmental cooperates with leading archaeologists to provide all the necessary background information on the site of the project. In case of the presence of important and/or listed assets, our flexible approach to project design and management allows the works to be tailored around the assets and can often result in direct contribution to the preservation of historical assets.
Historic England acts as a specialist advisor to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and therefore plays a vital role in the granting of marine licences needed for any works in the marine and tidal environments.
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