What is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)?

by | Jan 24, 2023

People are becoming more environmentally conscious than ever before, and for good reason. With climate change and sustainable living taking centre stage, the impact of humans on the environment is becoming more scrutinised in recent times. That’s why we carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) prior to any drilling work and before any planning permission can be granted by developers.

The team at Borehole Solutions, a leading geotechnical drilling company in the UK, wanted to explain how important these assessments are and the processes involved.

What is an environmental impact assessment (EIA)? 

An environmental impact assessment (EIA) is used to determine whether environmental issues may result from proposed work. This could be in terms of spoiling groundwater quality or any potential damage caused to native fauna and flora. These assessments are incredibly broad, meaning if you want to carry out any kind of project, then chances are you will have to complete an EIA of some description.

What processes are involved in an EIA?

There are five stages involved in an environmental impact assessment (EIA), as outlined by the UK Government regulations. The process is as follows:

1. Screening

This is when a general inspection is carried out for the proposed work to determine whether it will have any significant environmental impact and therefore, to check if an EIA is required.

2. Scoping

The scoping process helps to outline the extent of the issues that need consideration within the subsequent assessment. If further clarification is required, the local planning authority states what they can see as potential issues that may develop in the form of a ‘scoping opinion’.

3. Preparing for an environmental statement

When an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is deemed fit, then an environmental statement must be prepared. This describes any probable effects or impacts in as much detail as possible. For example, it will include an outline of the planned use of the development, how the work is in compliance with policies, as well as any potential residues or polluting emissions that may arise from working on the proejct.

4. Making the application

Once complete, the environmental statement must be submitted. It’s important to remember that the application must be made available for the public to view for themselves.

5. Final decision

In most situations, the local authority determines whether or not the proposed work will be allowed to proceed or otherwise. As an exception, for particularly large public projects, the Secretary of State may influence the outcome of the decision.

Our environmental impact assessment (EIA) services

Here at Borehole Solutions, we offer a wide range of environmental assessment and testing services. These include asbestos testing, preliminary phase 1 desk studies as well as WAC testing. Our team are committed to conducting thorough and high-quality testing for all of our clients, ensuring we always have minimal impact on the surrounding environment as possible.

Contact Borehole Solutions

Would you like to find out more information about our environmental impact assessment (EIA) services? Get in touch today on 01733 200501, email our team at info@boreholesolutions.com or click here to contact us directly. We look forward to hearing from you!