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Submit your query through ALDER in 'Licensee returns' as 'RBME Return' or email@example.com and a representative of the EPA will revert to you. Do not submit completed RBME return through email. Submit it only through ALDER.
Save the methodology to your desktop from the web and then close it (file-save as-desktop); Open the methodology from your desktop (you will need to enable macros on the spreadsheet; see screen shots below for further details!).
A password is not required to complete the RBME sheet; you are not required to type into any of the cells (with the exception of the Organisation Name, Licence Number and Completed-by sections on the introduction tab and comments in the comments boxes if required). Select answers are already provided from drop-down or pop-up menus which appear when you click on the relevant cell.
Enabling Macros in Excel
This information relates specifically to Excel 2007.
Macros must be enabled in your Excel installation for the RBME return file to work properly. To do this, follow the instructions below:
Open saved RBME file
Clock the Microsoft Office/File button
Click Excel Options
In the Trust Centre catagory, click Trust Centre Settings
Click the Macros settings category
Select "Enable all Macros" option
Re-open the RBME spreadsheet
Failure to complete the RBME methodology annually will inhibit the EPA from accurately categorising your facility and may result in an increased enforcement effort, with additional charging by the EPA. The resulting enforcement category assigned to licensees in any one year will determine the enforcement activities of the Office of Environmental Enforcement for the subsequent year and will affect the resulting enforcement effort and charges levied therein.
The Annual Environmental Report and AER-PRTR for the reporting period should be used as the data source for this section; if a waste was categorised as hazardous within the AER, then the same classification and reporting principles should apply for RBME.
Under Sheet 7 - Location, the section on Vulnerability (Q4) refers to vulnerability of aquifer. According to the Geological Survey of Ireland website http://www.gsi.ie/ some areas of the country are classified as "High to Low - only an interim study took place". If this is the status of your site, you should select 4(d) "Is the vulnerability of the site classified as low or is no information available on the vulnerability of the site?" as Yes.
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