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Covanta submits plans for £400m energy from waste plant to IPC

Covanta has submitted a Development Consent Order to the Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC) to build a £400m energy from waste facility (EfW) on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.

The application for the 750,000 tonne a year facility is part of its bid for the Prosiect Gwyrdd PFI project. Although the project requests a 200,000 tonne facility to handle waste from five local authorities, Covanta has designed the EfW facility to handle waste from the whole of Wales. Covanta is proposing 75% of waste would be transported via rail.

Energy produced by the plant would be sufficient to power all the homes in Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly county boroughs.

Covanta Energy UK managing director Malcolm Chiltern said: “Consultation has been vitally important in the development of the Brig y Cwm proposal. We have listened to views and opinions of local people, expert bodies and local authorities and these have influenced the final design.”

The IPC now has 28 days to consider whether it will accept the application for examination.

Friends of the Earth has urged the Government not to go any further with the application. Planning campaigner Mike Birkin said: “This huge plant will need to burn thousands of tonnes of valuable resources every year to make it cost-effective, and this will completely undermine efforts to cut waste and boost recycling.”

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