Natural Resources Wales is inviting people to comment on an application from Margam Green Energy Limited for an environmental permit to operate a waste wood incinerator in Margam, Neath Port Talbot.
The environmental regulator will now carry out an in-depth assessment into the company’s proposals to find out if the facility can be operated without impacting 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 pose a risk to 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.
“We are consulting widely and would welcome comments from the local community including local information which may be relevant to the application.
“We recognise that waste wood is an important resource which could boost the local economy - but it must be recycled and reused responsibly.
“If we do 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 proposed facility would generate approximately 38 megawatts of electricity from the waste wood. This is enough to power approximately 65,000 homes which would then be fed into the National Grid, as well as potentially providing heat to the local area.
The public consultation period will run until Tuesday 24 June 2014.
People can view the application at the Natural Resources Wales office at Maes Newydd, Llandarcy. The Public Register is open Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays) 9.30am until 4.30pm and is located at Natural Resources Wales, Maes Newydd, Llandarcy, Neath Port Talbot, SA10 6JQ. People are advised to phone 01792 325526 and speak with a member of staff before visiting, who can assist, provide technical advice and answer questions.
Electronic copies can also be requested from Natural Resources Wales.