Environmental Assessment Levels (EALs) are used by the Environment Agency (EA) to judge the acceptability of proposed emissions to air from industrial sites, and their relative contribution to the environment. EALs represent a pollutant concentration in ambient air at which no significant risks to human health are expected. In 2012, the EA ran a consultation to identify a new hierarchy for the derivation of EALs.
Using their revised methodology and working with Public Health England (now UK Health Security Agency), the EA reviewed and published revisions to the EALs for 10 existing substances and introduce EALs for two new substances in September 2021. In the second phase, they are currently running a project reviewing EALs for a further 10 substances and prioritising the remaining substance EALs for further review.
This webinar will explore the updates to the EALs and next steps.
After completing his degree in mathematics, Alun Roberts-Jones' background is in air dispersion and noise predictive modelling. His substantive post is in AQMAU, having worked in the team for over 12 years. AQMAU provide technical leadership on air quality and noise risk assessments for regulation. In the team Alun supports and informs permitting and compliance decisions and assists strategic decision-makers in introducing new or changes to regulation. This can comprise auditing and conducting detailed impact assessments and developing software tools to help regulatory leads across industrial sectors. Notable work includes implementation of the MCP and specified generator regulations, assessment of the risks from onshore oil and gas flaring, and multi-pathway human health risk assessment.
Alun is currently on assignment in the Regulated Industry, Monitoring and Assessment team. He is leading on the second phase of the EALs update project and managing the air emissions risk assessment process and our published guidance.