On 21st February the Environment Agency completed their consultation of the implantation of Best Available Techniques (BAT) compliance and have written to the majority of permitted pig and poultry farms to send out a copy of the updated permit which now includes conditions to operate to BAT. As part of this process operators will also have to pay the £380 fee. Since April 2018 all new permit applications and variations have had to operate to these BAT standards but this has now been brought in for all permit holders.
Most farms will be able to meet these BAT without any real change on farm, however for some this will require a change in management or even substantial capital spend on infrastructure to remain compliant. I have a number of clients who potentially would not be compliant and require a number of existing buildings to be redesigned, however, I have been able to discuss these specific cases with the Environment Agency and provide a report to confirm that the current building and ventilation design is achieving the same outcome as would be required under BAT even if the route to this outcome is not explicitly covered under BAT.
If you would like to discuss what these new BAT requirements mean for your farm or discuss a new permit application, please contact Harry Edwards email@example.com