We monitor construction activities to minimise pollution caused by noise, dust and other nuisances. Construction sites are in the open and often near existing residential accommodation.
There are currently two types of process classifications:
- Part A processes were regulated by the Environment Agency
- while Part B processes are controlled by local authorities
Hounslow council is responsible for authorising and inspecting all Part B processes within the district.
Part B processes are those that have the potential to cause air pollution and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, furniture manufacture and unloading of petrol.
Any person operating a process that requires an authorisation must submit an application, with a fee, to the local authority. The authority must then issue an authorisation in accordance with government guidance.
The operator must comply with the conditions of the authorisation and they will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the case.
Part B Authorisation
Some industries have potential to cause pollution. Many of these processes have required an authorisation from the Environment Agency to operate and they are also inspected annually. Some processes have the potential to cause only air pollution and for these operations the local authority is responsible for their inspection and regulation
Authorised or 'Prescribed' processes are those industrial technologies that have a potential to cause pollution.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires that processes identified in the act, or by regulations made under the act, must have an authorisation to operate.