Natural Resources Wales is inviting people to comment on an application from Clean Power (UK) Limited for an environmental permit to operate a facility to recover energy and recoverable materials from waste in Cwmgwili, near Crosshands.
The environmental regulator will now carry out an in-depth assessment into the company’s proposals to find out if the proposed facility can be operated with minimal impact on local people or the environment.
As part of the assessment, the local community and key organisations, such as the local Health Board, will be asked to provide comments and relevant information.
The organisation will only allow the permit to be granted if it is satisfied the proposed facility will not harm the health of local residents or damage the environment.
Mary Youell, from Natural Resources Wales, said:
“We’ll be conducting a thorough assessment of the proposals before we make any decision on whether we will allow it to go ahead."
“The application is for a facility to recover recyclable materials from commercial and domestic waste. The proposed facility will burn the residual (non-recyclable) waste in a pyrolysis plant to produce electricity. Additional electricity will also be produced by burning gas generated by the anaerobic digestion of food waste.”
“We are welcoming comments from the local community including information which may be relevant to the application."
“If we allow the permit, it will contain strict conditions to protect people and the environment, and will be regulated closely by our officers for as long as it operates.”
The public consultation period will run until Monday 1st December 2014.
People can view the application at the Natural Resources Wales office at Maes Newydd, Llandarcy, Neath, Port Talbot, SA10 6JQ. The Public Register is open Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays) 9.30am until 4.30pm. People are advised to phone 01792 325526 and speak with a member of staff who can assist, provide technical advice and answer questions before visiting.