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Guidance on the Solvent Emissions Regulations 2004

Timescales for Action

New SED Installations

  • All new activities must now comply with the SED requirements before starting operation.

Existing SED Installations

  • Operators should apply for a variation notice where an existing SED installation is undergoing a substantial change, or an existing installation is already using a risk phrase substance or preparation.

  • An operator of an existing SED installation must have applied for a permit by either 31 October 2005, if intending to use the Reduction Scheme, or otherwise by 31 October 2006.

Timescales for Implementation

SED installation; in outline, will be required to comply with the following:

For new installations/substantial changes and existing activities fitted with new abatement plant after 1 April 2001, compliance should be:

  •  by 19 May 2004 if the new or substantially changed activity or installation of the new abatement plant was carried out prior to 20 January 2004.

  •  by the time the new, or substantially changed, or new VOC abatement equipment is put into operation in all other cases.

Existing installations, there are various compliance dates:

  • compliance with the SED emission and fugitive limits: from 31 October 2007.

  • substitution of designated risk materials R45, R46, R49, R60, R61: shortest possible time - substitution plan must be submitted to the local authority by 19 May 2004.

  • controls and limits on releases of designated risk phrase materials R45, R46, R49, R60, R61 and R40 halogenated VOC: from 31 October 2007. (Note: substances which become designated risk phrase materials R45, R46, R49, R60, R61 or R40 halogenated VOC after 29 March 1999 must comply with the control and emission limits within the shortest possible time).

For further information or help in relation to the SED regulations contact Public Protection

Last Updated: 06/04/2016
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