Chemical Safety Specialist Katriina Huumonen and Legal intern Ville Rautiainen have started at Linnunmaa in January 2019. Katriina has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Master’s degrees in Toxicology and Environmental Sciences. Her work includes compiling toxicology risk assessments and assignments related to e.g. REACH and biocides regulations. Katriina has a vast experience in research […]
An environmental permit application can potentially require multiple supporting reports and other documents. The documents needed depends on the case. Linnunmaa has comprehensive experience in compiling e.g. the following examples of different attachments for an environmental permit application.
BAT assessment and BAT report
Best Available Technique assessment or BAT assessment means a study where a factory’s or similar institution’s techniques and practises are compared to the Best Available Technique (BAT). The most common occasion when organisations are required for a BAT assessment is when they are applying for a new environmental permit, or their permit is under re-evaluation.
BAT assessment becomes topical when new BAT Conclusions that concern the specific field of activity, are published. The permit holder must make a statement for the supervisory authority whether their environmental permit is in accordance with the new BAT Conclusions. If the supervisory authority decides that the permit is not in accordance with the conclusions, the permit holder has to file for environmental permit review.
Linnunmaa has extensive knowledge of and experience in BAT assessments and applying BAT conclusions. This combined with expertise in different industries and their requirements, allows Linnunmaa’s experts to easily and efficiently carry out assignments related with BAT. Linnunmaa is available to help in all BAT-related assignments.
Soil and groundwater baseline study
Soil and groundwater baseline study aims to define the state and condition of the soil and groundwater within the site of the planned activity in enough detail so that once the activity has ended, it is possible to draw a comparison in the environmental condition between now and then. The obligation for the baseline study and its reports concerns certain facilities such as paper mills and large energy production units.
A baseline report includes the site’s operational history with maps and detailed account of all the relevant substances and activities. It also provides a description of the already existing pollution in the soil or groundwater.
Environmental Monitoring Plan
Environmental permit can have a section regarding the necessity of environmental monitoring. When needed, a plan can be drafted to guide the environmental monitoring of emissions and to control any changes in the environment. The plan should include reporting at regular intervals. The plan can also incorporate documents on waste management issues, such as waste monitoring plan.
Neighborhood report consists of information about the site’s immediate neighbours and other parties whose interests may be affected by the planned activity.
Assessment of hazardous and harmful substances for aquatic environments
Anyone handling chemical substances must be aware of their hazards. They must also take precautions to avoid letting harmful substances into water systems. Hazardous and harmful substances are defined in the Government Decree on Substances Dangerous and Harmful to the Aquatic Environment (1022/2006).
Assessment of soil contamination (PIMA)
Assessment maps out the geographical area that is subjected to the pollution in question and evaluates the possibility of hazardous substances spreading. If needed, Linnunmaa also carries out assessment on the liability of purifying the soil.