The Northern Ireland Environmental Agency recently requested a meeting with NIGTA to discuss 

the changes to eligibility of feed businesses to be licensed under the Industrial Emissions Directive.

Letters have been sent to many businesses who they feel may be eligible.

The key criterion is the production capacity of the plant over a 24 hour period. 

Mills with capacity of 300 tonnes or more per day are required to apply for an IED licence.

We have convinced the authorities that blending operations should be excluded from this requirement although by the strict interpretation of the regulation anything passing through a grinder should be included. 

Any business with the capacity to produce more than 12.5 tonnes/hour of compound, cubed material must have the appropriate licence.

These licences must be in place by July 2015 and it takes approximately 7 months from application to the issue of a licence. The application itself is a substantial piece of work and generally takes a specialist consultant to prepare. The fee for application is £4,500 per component and a feed manufacturing business will typically have 2 components - £9,000 in total.

Annual renewal will cost £1,700 per component or around £3,400/annum. 

NIEA are concerned at the lack of response to their letter and have stressed that businesses which are 

eligible for licence will run the risk of prosecution if they do not apply. 

It is important that any business receiving the letter should reply indicating their intention to apply

for a licence or to explain why their business is not eligible. NIEA require this response in writing so that they have a record to show that each business has been contacted.

A number of members have phoned NIEA to explain their position but unfortunately these calls were not logged and no record was kept. A short letter confirming details of production capacity will allow NIEA to complete their records without any necessity for visits or inspections.

A business will be exempt from the requirement to apply for a licence if – 

It does not produce any compound, pelleted feed.

The capacity to produce pelleted feed is less than 12.5 tonnes/hour.

Production hours are limited under the current Local Authority permit and maximum 

daily production capacity is less than 300 tonnes.

Practical Limitations such as cooling capacity or essential downtime for maintenance are limiting production.

Should expansion of your business in the future take production capacity over the 300t/day NIEA will expect to be informed.