Environmental Permit – Event on Monday 23rd April
The Environment Agency has made a provisional decision to award an Environmental Permit to the mass burn EfW incinerator. A round of public consultation has now commenced, and is likely to end on 16th May. An event is being held at South Lynn Community Centre, St Michael’s Rd, Monday 23rd April, from 3.30pm – 8.30pm. The public can ask questions of the EA officers.
Under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, developments such as incinerators require a permit before they can operate. The Regulations require that the operator satisfies the Agency that it will use ‘Best Available Techniques’ (BAT) as defined in the appropriate sector guidance notes. Thresholds are also set on emission limits and other factors. The award of the permit signifies that the Agency believes the operator will comply with the Regulations.
KLWIN has access to expert support, and objects to the incinerator because the law as it stands is insufficient to protect the public. For example, it is quite legal for the incinerator operator to monitor its dioxin emissions just 2 times a year (4 in first year) for 8 hours. Peer-reviewed scientific studies show this greatly underestimates true emission levels.
When issuing a permit the Agency should check relevant convictions and the financial background of the company. However, since only Cory Environmental was named on the permit application; the Agency has made no check upon Wheelabrator’s compliance and accounting history in the USA. This is despite Wheelabrator being the part of the consortium named in the contract, and has the experience in operating incineration plants.
Anyone planning to object to the Permit decision is advised to first read the guidance, especially that specific to incineration plants. This will help you check whether the application meets the requirements.
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