ARCHIVE: Additional guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and from the Welsh Assembly Government
Amendment to PG3/13(95): Asbestos Processes
This note amends Clause 14 of PG3/13(95) and constitutes statutory guidance under section 7(11) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and regulation 37 of the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000.
PG3/13(95) has been reviewed as part of the second review of all the process guidance notes. Because of the small number of prescribed/listed asbestos processes in operation and the need to make only one change to the existing note, PG3/13(95) will not be re-issued, but is being amended by this additional guidance note. It will in future also serve as guidance on BAT under the 2000 Regulations.
The amendment is to substitute a new emission limit of 0.05mg/m3 of asbestos fibres or 1 fibre/ml. Since those asbestos processes in operation are all believed to be capable of meeting this limit now, the amendment has immediate effect.
For the sake of clarity, the first sentence of Clause 14 of PG3/13(95) now reads:
"The concentration of fibres in emissions to air should not exceed 1 fibre/ml.
A fibre may be described as any object of length greater than 5µm, breadth less than 3 µm and having a length:breadth ratio greater than 3:1. This is observable by phase contrast microscopy, in accordance with Directive 87/217/EEC "on the prevention and reduction of environmental pollution by asbestos" (see Appendix 2). The limit may also be expressed as a gravimetric concentration of 0.05mg/m3 (milligrams of asbestos per cubic metre of air discharged."
Page published: 6 July 2004