Integrated environmental permit is a means of the management of the environment directed at avoiding and controlling the pollution that is caused as a result of the activity of companies with great environmental impact.
Upon exceeding the established threshold capacities in one area of activity of the installation mentioned below, for which an integrated permit is required, the integrated permit is required for the operation of the installation as a whole. In this case, the integrated environmental permit replaces the ambient air pollution permit, waste permit and permit for the special use of water.
Integrated environmental permit is necessary for operating in the following areas of activity:
- energy industries
- production and processing of metals
- processing of mineral materials
- chemical industry
- waste management
- cellulose, paper or textile industry, and tanning of skins and hides
- food industry, including feedingstuffs
- pig, bovine animals and poultry farming
- surface treatment or finishing by using organic solvents
- production of plywood and fibreboard
- production of graphite or electrographite by way of incineration or graphitisation
- disposal and recycling of animal carcasses and animal waste
- preservation of wood and wood products with chemicals
- capture for geological storage of carbon dioxide emitted by installations operating in the areas of activity specified in clauses 1 to 13
- independently operated treatment of waste water discharged from installations operating in the areas of activity specified in clauses 1 to 14, with the exception of treatment of waste water in the water treatment plants of a public sewerage system
A detailed list of the areas of activity is established by a regulation of the Government of the Republic.
How to apply for integrated permit ?
Subsection 28 (1) of the Industrial Emissions Act provides that as of July 2017, integrated permits can only be applied through the Information System for Environmental Decisions (KOTKAS). KOTKAS makes the submission of the application more convenient by using preliminary controls, interfaces with several databases, for example the commercial register, Land Board map interface and AirViro – the interface for assessing the pollution level of ambient air.
How much it costs ?
For the review of the first application for integrated permit, a state fee must be paid which is 1,030 or 900 euros respectively in the case of an enterprise liable to be affected by a major accident of category A or category B. In other cases, the state fee is 700 euros.
The operator must pay a state fee of 350 euros for the review of the requirements of the integrated permit.
What is the time limit of the permit ?
Integrated permits shall be issued without a time limit, but section 49 of the Industrial Emissions Act provides cases for the review of the requirements of the integrated permits and for the amendment of the integrated permits. The requirements of the permit are also reviewed in the course of regular inspections of installations which the Environmental Inspectorate and the Environmental Board conduct together at least once every three years, but not more often than once a year.
Disclosure of drafts and decisions
The public display of draft integrated permits takes place pursuant to what is referred on the link. The issue of an integrated permit, including the amendment thereof or refusal to issue an integrated permit is notified to the rural municipality or city government of the location of the installation, and the respective notification is disclosed in the official publication Ametlikud Teadaanded and in Information System for Environmental Decisions (KOTKAS).
Documents of the procedures for integrated permits taken place before 31.03.2017 can be found in public document register of the Environmental Board.