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Applying for a certificate

An operator subject to registration is obligated to notify the Environmental Board of planned activities at least two weeks in advance of their commencement. In accordance with this obligation, a registration notice must be submitted to the local regional office of the Environmental Board. The form for the notice is prescribed by regulation of the Minister of the Environment no 52, 4 July 2013, “Notice of registration form and registration certificate form for an operator using organic solvents”. Pursuant to the Industrial Emissions Act (THS) § 143, a description of precautionary measures to be implemented must also be submitted with the notice. The cited act also states the appropriate measures to be implemented to minimize the emission of volatile organic compounds during start-up and shut-down operations.

Companies subject to registration, which have been in operation since before the enactment of the Industrial Emissions Act, must register their activities at the first opportunity.

On the basis of the data received, the Environmental Board will assess whether the planned activities meet permit requirements within 14 days. If the operator is not obligated to possess a permit, the Environmental Board will register the operator’s activities in the environmental permit information system within ten days of the assessment and send the operator a registration certificate. If the operator requires an ambient air pollution permit or integrated environmental permit, the operator’s activities are not registered and a certificate is not issued.

When significant changes are to be made to a plant, the plant operator, if subject to registration, must notify the Environmental Board of the planned changes. (THS) § 148). An essential change to a plant is a change in the nominal capacity of the plant, which will cause an increase in the emission of volatile organic compounds by over 25% in the case of a small plant and by over 10% in the case of all other plants or some other change, which may have an adverse effect on the environment, human health or well-being, property, and cultural heritage. To decide whether or not a case involves a small plant, the capacity of activities must be compared according to criteria provided by the Industrial Emissions Act § 147. On the basis of the data received, the Environmental Board will assess whether the reported activities meet permit requirements. If the operator does not have an obligation to possess a permit, the operator will be sent a registration certificate with the modified data.

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