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Environment Policy ECO2

The risk of release of hazardous substances as a secondary effect due to any increased collision risk should be taken account of in proposals that require an authorisation.

Policy Considerations

  1. The potential for the release of hazardous substances increases with risk of collision. Collision could occur directly through extra static infrastructure in areas subject to vessel movements or indirectly such as through displacement of vessels from established routes.
  2. Risks are likely to be identified and addressed through existing mechanisms, like environmental assessment, navigational risk assessment, safety measures and contingency plans. However, a proponent may wish to consider the potential indirect effects, such as those arising from displacement of vessels.
  3. Public authorities may wish to consult with those with the expertise, a remit relevant to the policy or both in making their decisions and determining unacceptable levels of risk. This is in addition to consulting guidance and existing regulations, such as the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 (as amended), and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended).
  4. See the objective on governance within the East marine plans (GOV2 and GOV3) that relate to co-existence and risk reduction.