A drop-in session is being held in Essex, UK for the public to discuss an application for an environmental permit for a huge integrated waste management facility which recently applied to increase the capacity of its combined heat and power waste to energy plant to some 595,000 tonnes per year.
Technologies planned for the plant, to be located at the former Rivenhall Airfield site, include a material recycling facility, Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT), Anaerobic Digestion (AD), Paper pulping and waste to energy with heat recovery.
Since planning consent was first granted by the then Secretary of State John Denham in 2010, plans for the controversial integrated facility have been subject to numerous amendments.
In a recent application for a variation to it’s planning consent, developer, Gent Fairhead & Co proposed to reduce the facility’s overall capacity, while increasing the amount the volumes processed by the facility’s waste to energy plant.
An environmental permit from the Environment Agency also needs to be in place before the plant can start operating. Environmental permits contain specific conditions and emission limits that must be complied with while the plant is operating.
On Wednesday 2 December between 2pm and 7pm Environment Agency staff will be at the drop-in at Silver End Village Hall to discuss the proposals with people and explain the agency’s role in permitting and regulating this type of facility.
It said that its staff will explain what will happen and how people can be involved during the consultation and decision-making process.
The Environment Agency’s role is to consider the environmental impacts the plant could have on human health, air, water, land, habitats and species of animals and plants. It also looks at noise levels, energy efficiency and the sustainability of the plant.
Frank Saunders, Team Leader at the Environment Agency commented:
“We urge people to come along and talk to us about our regulatory involvement in the Gent Fairhead & Co. Ltd proposals. We’d also like to hear their thoughts and concerns to make sure we consider local representations in our decision making process.
“The consultation period on this permit application starts on 26 November and closes on 24 December 2015.
“At the drop-in people will be able to see the full application and make comments on it.”
Further copies of the application (EPR/ KP3035RY/A001) will be available at the Environment Agency offices and comments on the permit application should be sent to the Environment Agency’s National Permitting Service: firstname.lastname@example.org
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