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Case studies: Regulatory compliance

Waste. Not.
Poultry litter is rich in the nutrients required by crops to grow. Some biomass-fuelled power stations, such as those owned by Energy Power Resources Limited (EPRL), burn this “guano” and sell the ashes for use as fertiliser. In 2005, however, a new Environment Agency (EA) policy re-designated these ashes as waste. ASK were approached by EPRL’s subsidiary company, Fibrophos Ltd, to assess the scientific basis for the policy change. [Read more]

Environmental regulator, Ukraine
In 1997, the Ukraine was facing many difficulties in enforcing environmental law and in particular where hazardous waste was concerned. This was partly due to the lack of any centralised system for recording and updating information relating to environmental pollution and waste facilities. ASK helped develop and pilot the country’s first modern environmental information system, with the aim of improving control of environmentally hazardous activities. [Read more]

Industrial hazards regulator, Hungary
All EU member states are required to have in place a regulatory system for controlling risks from major industrial hazards. In 1993, ASK collaborated with AEA Technology to advise on, and pilot, a regulatory system for hazard control in Hungary, which was then working towards EU membership. In doing so, we supported Hungary in complying with EU regulations ahead of its accession as a member state in 2004. [Read more]

Health, safety and welfare verification
In 2008-09, ASK was contracted to conduct a health, safety and welfare verification of all the sites owned and operated by one of the UK’s leading hazardous waste management companies. Working in partnership with Renaissance Risk, our consultants visited each site in turn to make individual assessments and produced a consolidated report of the company’s overall performance, with recommendations for improvement. [Read more]

Pottery pollutants
Naylor Industries is an industrial potter producing clay drainage pipes. In 2005, ASK was involved in assessing emissions of pollutants from kilns at the company’s Clough Green site in Barnsley. Through modelling, ASK was able to circumvent the need for a much more expensive direct monitoring exercise. [Read more]

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