Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Make sure that your boreholes are properly designed and installed. If your land is contaminated, poorly designed and installed boreholes could cause water pollution and you could be prosecuted by your environmental regulator.
In Scotland you must:
If you leave boreholes open or fill them incorrectly, there is an increased risk of groundwater pollution.
Comply with the work specification when backfilling or capping boreholes.
Always check that your site investigation takes into account the presence of land contamination and the potential for causing pollution.
Drilling and boring can mix up the layers of soil as they are excavated. This can move contaminants deeper into the ground, causing pollution of groundwater or creating pathways for contaminants to move around. Make sure that the design of your site investigation takes this into account.
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The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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