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Waste firm loses permit appeal

A Northamptonshire waste firm has lost an appeal to keep its environmental permit.

Think Environmental, which ran a bio-drying and waste management centre at Blackbridge Farm, Cranford Road, Burton Latimer, had its permit revoked by the Environment Agency last May.

The firm appealed against the decision but it has been dimissed by the Planning Inspectorate which has upheld the revocation of the permit.

In October 2012, Think Environmental was fined £33,000 and full costs of £15,000 in 2012 for failing to stop smells from the site, and failing to remove illegally buried waste on paddock land next to its permitted site. There had also been two fires at the site.

The planning inspector, Isobel McCretton, said that given the sustained non-compliance and offending at the site, the permit should be revoked.

“There was a repeat pattern of offending with serious impact on health and the environment. There were ongoing environmental problems at the site and the Environment Agency considered that the appellant was likely to re-offend,” she said.

The appeal was made under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

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