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Covanta applies for changes to Ince Park incinerator permit

Covanta Energy has applied to change an environmental permit on an EfW facility in Elton, Cheshire, that includes boosting material throughput by 180,000 tonnes per year.

The facility is at the Ince Park in on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal and under the new proposals would process 850,000 tonnes of material.

A consultation has opened on the permit changes that also includes transferring it over from Peel Environmental Ince to Covanta Energy, which will run the site.

Ince Park Community Forum will be publishing the application and supporting documents on its website for those who wish to send their comment to the Environment Agency permit team.

Other changes outlined in the application include:
• Changing the combustion technology from a fluidised bed to a moving grate
• The addition of some waste codes to the list of permitted wastes for the permit
• Changing the delivery and storage arrangement for the fuel
• Adding a discharge point to water for the cooling water discharge
• Correcting the short term emission limit for ammonia in this permit

EA Cheshire Environment Manager Tracey Rimmer said: “We expect that there will be interest from local people over the changes that have been put forward. This consultation will be open to members of the local community, Cheshire West and Chester Council, the Western Cheshire PCT, the Health & Safety Executive and the Food Standards Agency, we welcome comments on the changes proposed.”

Ince Park Community Forum chair Tony Mills said: “This is an important consultation and the Forum urges everyone interested in this issue to look at what is being proposed and make their views known to the Environment Agency.

“Forum members know that this is a sensitive issue and will be making sure that the organisations represented on the Forum will be having their say. The Online Consultation Portal is an easy and convenient means to access the information and put an opinion forward.”

Readers' comments (3)

  • If there is a material change of a permit, it should restart from the beginning and not con the EA by getting a permit and then changing it to suit their own devices.

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  • I believe Covanta are seeking to increase the capacity by 180,000 tonnes per annum, rather than the 180 tonnes stated in the article.

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  • Thank you for your comment. Yes the proposals involve boosting capacity by 180,000 tonnes. I have amended the copy.

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