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CE40129: Legislation & waste management

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To advance student understanding of the principles and practices of environmental law as it pertains particularly to the process industries and the management of waste. To give students awareness of the problems of "waste" and the methods and techniques of waste management to meet with the requirements of legislation.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student should be able to describe the UK and EU environmental frameworks, analyse the influence of international frameworks, compare and contrast command and control legislation with modern alternatives, analyse breaches of statutory duty, describe the role of environmental assessment in the planning process, and prepare an IPPC authorisation for a simple process. The student should be able to interpret and apply the legislation which applies directly to waste, to identify different categories of waste and to formulate schemes of waste management for a process by implementing the hierarchy of waste management.

Analysis, problem solving; Taught/facilitated and assessed.

Overview of the EU and English law systems. Regulations, directives and decisions. Public and private law. Statutory and common law. Precedent. Delegated legislation. Treaties, conventions and protocols. Polluter pays, precautionary, proximity and sustainable development principles. Regulatory regimes in the UK. Command and control procedures. The role of the Environment Agency and Local Authorities. Guidance notes for prescribed processes and substances. BPEO, IPPC and BAT. Duty of Care. Regulation, payment, enforcement, management. Administrative action, criminal proceedings, civil proceedings. Sentencing and fines. Hierarchies of good waste management. Identification, characterisation and documentation of wastes. Records, costs, storage, licensing, future liability, contractors, transfrontier movements. Outline treatment of solid, liquid and gaseous wastes. Auditing procedures.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE40129 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFM01 : MEng(Hons) Biochemical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UECE-AKM01 : MEng(Hons) Biochemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.