An application for an environmental permit for a landfill site in Flintshire has been refused, due to the potential odour problems that could affect the local area.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has decided that the application for a non-hazardous waste landfill at Parry’s Quarry, near Alltami, proposed an inadequate gas management system.
NRW had advised the operator, RJS Engineering, that their proposal was not in line with best practice and that there were more effective solutions to control landfill gas releases from the site. Landfill gas is a significant source of potential odour.
Paul Wright, Industry Regulation Team Leader for Natural Resources Wales said:
“Following extensive modelling, and careful consideration, we concluded that the operator’s proposed choice of technology had the potential to cause significant odour in the area, even during normal operation. This would have had a detrimental impact on the residential areas and businesses nearby.
“We only issue an environmental permit to a company if we are satisfied its detailed plans make it clear that it can operate safely, without harming the environment or local communities. On this occasion, our concerns have not been adequately addressed.”