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Purpose and Terms of Reference

1 The purpose of the COMAH Charging regime is to enable the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), acting as the Competent Authority, to recover all their appropriate costs in connection with those chargeable functions that they carry out under the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH). The review group will carry out its work with that purpose in mind.

2 Terms of reference of the COMAH Charging Review Group are to:

Accountability and reporting responsibilities

3 he COMAH Charging Review Group will keep the COMAH Competent Authority Steering Group informed on charging issues and alert the Steering Group to any operational issues raised by the CCRG. The Chairman will ensure that the Agency's Management Board, SEPA's Management Team, the HSE Board and the HSC are made aware of any relevant issues as necessary.

Membership

4 Representatives from:

Chairmanship

5 HSE will chair the review group.

Frequency of meetings

6 The COMAH Charging Review Group will meet at six monthly intervals (or as required) usually in September and February provided there is sufficient business to conduct.

Administrative and Secretariat support

7 HSE will provide administrative and secretariat support. That responsibility shall include: preparation of agendas, minutes and papers; coordinating responses to requests for information from the respective Management Board, Management Team and the Executive, COMAH Competent Authority Steering Group and review group members; arranging the six monthly meetings.


Updated 2008-12-05