The Environment Agency has issued an environmental permit for an energy from waste incinerator at New Barnfield in Hertfordshire following consultation and a thorough assessment of any potential impacts.
Veolia ES Hertfordshire Ltd will operate the facility, which burns waste at high temperatures, using the resulting energy to generate electricity.
This permit, issued under the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010, requires the company to comply with all relevant legislation including strict air emission and monitoring standards.
Environment Manager Debbie Jones said:
"After carefully considering all of the responses from the community made during the consultation period, we have decided to issue the environmental permit.Veolia's application is for an incinerator burning mostly municipal waste. There will be initial waste treatment to remove recyclable material and improve combustion. Most of the incoming waste will go through the pre-treatment but some will go straight for incineration. Electricity will be generated and exported to the National Grid.
"We are satisfied it contains the necessary conditions and control measures to ensure the protection of people's health and the environment. Should the New Barnfield energy from waste incinerator be built, we will monitor its environmental performance, including emissions to air, to ensure that it meets its permit conditions."
The site will receive 380,000 tonnes per year with 352,000 for incineration. The application also includes a small scale healthcare waste transfer station. A small amount of healthcare waste (600 tonnes per year) will be incinerated.
Any permit that is issued is made available on our public registers. If you would like to see a copy of the final permit you can request it via our online public register on our website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/library/publicregisters/default.aspx
For more information visit http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/NewBarnfield