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Guidance on the Solvent Emissions Regulations 2004


The Solvent Emissions (England and Wales) Regulations 2004, SI 107, has been introduced to further limit the emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations.

The Solvent Emissions (England and Wales) Regulations 2004 (the "SED" Regulations) came into force on 20 January 2004 and give effect to the European Directive 1999/13/EC, commonly referred to as The Solvent Emissions Directive (SED).

This brief guide is only an introduction and is not a substitute for reading the SED Regulations and the SED which can be accessed using the above links:

The Directive was largely transposed into UK legislation by Directions issued to the Environment Agency and to Local Authorities in March 2002, requiring regulators to include the requirements of the SED into authorisations and permits. The SED regulations amend the PPC Regulations to incorporate these requirements.

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