Consultation on application for a permit variation at Nine Mile Point Waste Transfer Facility

Application reference:

PAN – 016095

Permit number:

EPR/AB3695CH

Company:

Drumcastle Limited

Location:

Nine Mile Point Industrial Estate

Cwmfelinfach, Ynysddu, Newport NP11 7HZ

We have received an application (PAN – 016095) from Drumcastle Limited, to vary an existing environmental permit for the waste transfer facility at Nine Mile Point Industrial Estate, Cwmfelinfach, Caerphilly.

The existing environmental permit was successfully transferred from Hazrem Environmental to the new operators Drumcastle Limited in January 2022  following the necessary checks and procedures. 

The site, although not yet operational, is permitted to process up to 100,000 tonnes of non-hazardous industrial, commercial, and household waste per annum. The waste will be treated to produce either Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) or Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to be exported off site for energy generation. This activity will remain unchanged from the original permit (AB3695CH).

The permit variation is to remove the combustion of natural gas for the purposes of drying waste.

The variation also proposes the use of an activated carbon filter, which would help to reduce potential odour released from the site.

From today, (28 March 2022) we have launched a public consultation with local businesses and nearby communities allowing them to have their say on the proposal.

The consultation  will run for 4 weeks  until 25 April  and is an opportunity for people to raise any concerns in relation to the proposed changes.

View the consultation

We will only grant a permit variation if we believe that the operator has the ability to meet the conditions of the permit. Any permit variation we grant will include appropriate conditions to protect human health and the environment.

We are legally required to issue a permit variation if the applicant can show that the site will be operated to appropriate standards and all the legal requirements will be met.

What happens next?

Once the public consultation on the operator’s application has finished, we will complete our technical assessment and determination. This assessment will consider all relevant comments received during consultation. When we have completed our assessment, if we propose to allow the permit change, we will hold another public consultation on our draft decision for at least 20 working days. We will advertise this on our website and social media channels.

What is the Environmental Permit and a Variation?

Under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR), certain activities must have a permit to operate.  This is to manage and control environmental risk from the activities.     

In Wales, Natural Resources Wales is responsible for regulating this type of industry. We assess applications for permits, regulate and monitor permit holders. 

The operator must apply for a variation to the permit before making any significant changes to the installation.

Where do I find further information on the application?

You can view the draft application free of charge, from our on-line public register. 

Or you can request a copy of the information from us. This may take time to process and there could be a charge.

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