Jane Hutt welcomed today’s announcement by Natural Resource Wales, who have called for further consultation and investigation as a result of deep and widespread public concerns regarding the Biomass plant in Barry. Jane said:-
New consultation for Barry gasification permit
People living in Barry and the surrounding areas are being given a further opportunity to have their say on an application from Biomass UK No. 2 Ltd to operate a waste wood gasification facility on Woodham Road.
The new consultation comes after Natural Resources Wales (NRW) requested further information from the applicant before making a decision on whether or not it should grant the company an environmental permit.
This includes more detailed reports on a range of issues including air and noise impact assessments, fire prevention plans, and the type of waste wood which would be used as fuel to generate energy.
It will be available to view in full at Barry Library, Barry Town Council or the NRW offices on Newport Road and in St Mellons, Cardiff from 31 July. Alternatively, people can also request an electronic version by contacting NRW.
Anyone wishing to provide comments on the new information has until 28 August 2017 to do so. After assessing the additional information, and considering any new comments raised, NRW hopes to be in a position to make a decision on the application in November.
Nadia De Longhi, Operations Manager from NRW said:
“Before making a decision on this, we need to be sure that we’ve fully investigated any potential impacts this facility could have on people’s health or the environment.
“During our initial assessment, we weren’t confident that we could do this, and that is why we have asked the company for clarification and more detail on some aspects of their application.
“We understand that there is a lot of concern locally around the proposed facility, and we want to make sure people understand the nature of the application, and know how to have their say.
“We will continue to liaise with the Docks Incinerator Action Group (DIAG), and take on board any new comments made by members of the community as we continue our assessment.”
The technical name for the proposed activity at the facility is gasification. This involves heating waste wood at a high temperature without burning to generate a synthetic gas (similar to natural gas), which is then burnt to generate steam and electricity.
If it gets the go ahead, the facility would have the capacity to process up to 86,400 tonnes of pre-processed non-hazardous waste wood per year.
The facility already has planning permission in place which was previously granted by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Comments on the new information should be sent to Natural Resources Wales, Permitting Service, Cambria House, 29 Newport Road, CF24 0TP or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org