Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Solvents Regulations 2002 S.I. No. 543 of 2002 is replaced by S.I. No. 565 of 2012 - European Union (Installations and Activities using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012.
Regulations governing solvent emissions are now in force. These oversee the emission of solvent vapours from 20 specified activities and bring the activities of much smaller businesses under the control of the local authorities. Implementation and guidance has been developed as part of the National Waste Prevention Programme.
Businesses now affected include:
Activities using more than 10 tonnes per annum of solvents require an Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control (IPPC) licence from the EPA.
The revised regulations for solvents activities (including dry cleaning) required the EPA to set up a panel of approved assessors to replace the existing AIC inspection body system. These Approved Assessors will, from September 2013 be the inspection bodies for the purposes of carrying out inspections under the regulations. Inspections prior to this date must continue to be carried out by the current interim approved assessor (Certification Europe). The details of the panel of Approved Assessors are as follows:
EnviroGuide Consulting – Phone: 01 2711896 – Web: www.enviroguide.ie
Regulated operators must use Approved Assessors for the purposes of getting their premises inspected, and as with the previous AIC system the operator should engage the services of an assessor and pay them directly. In order to obtain your certificate of compliance from your local authority you must then send a compliant Approved Assessor report along with the application fee to your local authority.
The EPA would also like to remind you of some of the new aspects of the regulations:
It is illegal for any uncertified operator to carry out an activity for which a certificate of compliance is required under these Regulations. Any such operators should arrange for an inspection immediately. Further news, updates and information can be obtained at the following website www.solvents.ie and by contacting your Local Authority.
S.I. No. 564 of 2012 - European Union (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012, have replaced S.I. No. 199 of 2007 - Limitations of Volatile Organic Compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products Regulations, 2007.
The new Deco-paints Regulations cover the Vehicle Refinishing for Repair Sector. The Regulation limits the solvent content of all paints, including those used for vehicle refinishing.
Please note that the original coating of real vehicles and trailers continues to be governed by the Solvent, not the Deco-paints Regulations.
Fourth Report on the implementation of the Solvents Directive 1999/13/EC in Ireland for January 2011 - December 2013
Download a records spreadsheet for dry cleaners
List of relevant contacts in Local Authorities
Best Practice Guidance for Dry Cleaners 2012
PO Box 3000 Johnstown Castle Estate Wexford, Y35 W821 053-916 0600Other EPA locations
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