Chemical manufacturing environmental regulations

Chemical manufacturing listed activity permits

Guide

You must have a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or your local council if you carry out listed activities at an installation or mobile plant. You must ensure that the installation or mobile plant you use to carry out listed activities does not cause pollution.

An installation is a stationary technical unit, such as a self-contained building, permanent structure or fixed plant, used for listed activities.

Mobile plant is equipment that is designed to be, and will be, moved and is used for listed activities. When mobile plant is used on an installation it may become part of the installation activity, and so may be included in the permit of the installation.

Listed activities include industrial and waste activities that have an environmental impact. They are split into three categories - Part A, B and C. Part A permits control a range of environmental impacts, including emissions to air, land and water. Part B and C permits control emissions to air only.

Part A listed activities

Activities at chemical manufacturing sites regulated under Part A include:

  • producing organic chemicals such as hydrocarbons, plastic materials and di-isocyanates
  • producing inorganic chemicals including gases (eg ammonia), hydroxide bases, metal oxides, halogens and acids (eg nitric acid)
  • producing chemical fertilisers, and pesticides and biocides
  • producing and formulating pharmaceutical products using a chemical or biological process
  • producing explosives

Part B listed activities

Activities at chemical manufacturing sites regulated under Part B include:

  • bulk storage of chemicals.

Part C listed activities

Activities at chemical manufacturing sites regulated under Part C include:

  • producing and processing coating preparations, varnishes, inks and adhesives using 100 tonnes or more of organic solvent per year
  • producing, formulating and finishing pharmaceutical products using 50 tonnes or more of organic solvent per year

Contact NIEA or your local council for further information about listed activities.