New guidance: Categorisation of chemicals that are intentionally released to the environment during use
We've published new guidance on how to categorise these types of introductions.
An 'intentional release' is any industrial use that results in the direct exposure of a chemical to the environment. It could be released directly to land, air, fresh water, marine water, biota or municipal water supplies. This covers a wide range of chemical uses and types.
Examples of intentional release include:
- soil amendments such as chemical fertilisers, nutrient additives and soil conditioners
- treatments added to town water supplies
- air fresheners and air treatments that are not for personal or domestic use
- chemicals added to municipal water supplies. We consider this to be an intentional release into the environment because the water may be used for activities that lead to direct release to the environment, such as irrigation.
- chemicals used to treat environmental oil spills
There may be additional or different requirements when working out your category of introduction, as well as additional record-keeping obligations.