Natural Resources Wales is minded to grant an environmental permit for an energy from waste facility in Deeside, Flintshire.
NRW received the permit application from Wheelabrator Technologies Inc in October 2014 for a facility which would burn waste to produce electricity. Following an in-depth assessment, which included public consultation, NRW is now minded to grant the permit, unless new relevant information comes to light.
A consultation on the draft permit runs from 10 September until 14 October 2015.
People are invited to a drop-in session in Deeside Leisure Centre on Tuesday 22 September 2015 (1.30pm – 7pm), to give their views on the draft permit and provide relevant information for NRW’s consideration.
NRW will only grant a permit if it is satisfied that the company’s detailed plans demonstrate that it will comply with environmental laws, and can operate without harming the environment.
The proposed facility would accept up to 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household, industrial and commercial waste per year.
Combined heat and power technology would incinerate the waste, while at the same time generating steam, which would produce electricity through a turbine and generator.
This would produce around 14.4 Megawatts of electricity per year for export to the National Grid – enough to power about 30,000 homes.
Ash produced through the process would be converted on site to produce materials for the construction industry.
Sian Williams, Head of Operations for North Wales, NRW, said: “We have studied this application in great detail and are now minded to grant a permit to allow it to operate.
“We have consulted with specialist health organisations such as Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Public Health Wales on the plans to investigate whether the facility could have any impact on people’s health.
“As part of the process, we are now consulting local people on the draft permit, inviting them to provide us with any information which has not come to light to date that we should consider.
“We will only grant the permit if we are satisfied that the proposed facility can operate without harming the environment or the health of people nearby.”
A copy of Wheelabrator Technologies’s application and the NRW draft permit is also available to view at NRW’s Buckley Office, Chester Road, Buckley, Flintshire, CH7 3AJ.
The Public Register is open Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays) 9.30am until 4.30pm. People are advised to phone 01244 894538 and speak with a member of staff who can assist, provide technical advice and answer questions before visiting
Electronic copies on CD can also be requested from email@example.com or visit natural resources wales and search ‘Parc Adfer’ for more information.
The environmental permit is a separate process, and assesses different factors, to that of planning permission which is managed by local authorities in Wales.
In order to operate this kind of facility legally a company needs both an environmental permit and planning permission.