Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is consulting further with Public Health Wales on an environmental application for a waste treatment facility in south east Wales.
NRW received a permit application from Hazrem Environmental Limited on 5th October 2015 for a proposed facility to produce fuel, followed by a public consultation during summer 2016.
John Hogg, Head of Operations for Natural Resources Wales in South East Wales said:
“One of our main roles is to protect communities from poor environmental quality that is detrimental to people’s health and the environment.
“As part of our assessment we review the draft decision in light of additional information we receive as a result of public consultation.
“We continue to review application and work closely with Public Health Wales to ensure that we have all the information necessary on any potential impact on the health of people living in the area.
“This is due to a predicted short term increase in Nitrogen Dioxide emissions during certain weather conditions, such as thermal inversions.
“We will only grant a permit if we are satisfied that the company’s detailed plans demonstrate that it will comply with environmental laws, and can operate without harming people and the environment.”
The proposed facility would accept up to 100,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per year which will be sorted and segregated for recycling and the production of fuel.
The waste used to produce fuel will be shredded. It will then be wrapped five times with film and stored before being taken offsite for incineration.
Emissions from burning of natural gas used in the drier will be released through an 18 metre-high stack which will also eliminate odour emissions.