The Environment Agency (EA) has launched a public consultation on the cost of its permits and business charges.
The proposed changes will mean businesses pay for the full services they use rather than be subsidied through public funds, which the Agency believes is more financially sustainable that will lead to long term environmental improvements.
The new charges will reflect the amount of regulatory effort needed at a site – businesses that are well managed and low hazard and present a low environmental risk would be charged less while high risk or poor performing firms would be charged more.
This is said to be the biggest review of charges ever carried out by the EA and includes a 12-month period of engagement with businesses and trade associations.
Director of Regulated Services Neil Davies said: “Our work to regulate industry protects and enhances the environment. The proposed changes will mean that businesses pay for the full services they use rather than the public.
“This is more financially sustainable, will lead to a better service to businesses and long term improvements to the environment.”
The consultation will run until 12th January 2018, with the proposed changes being introduced in April 2018.