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EA launches consultation on extension of controversial Nottingham EfW permit

A consultation has been launched by the Environment Agency (EA) over WRG’s application to alter the permit for its Eastcroft energy-from-waste (EfW) facility to accept an additional 40,000 tonnes of material.

The Nottingham facility, which currently accepts 160,000 tonnes of material per year, has applied to increase its capacity to 200,000 tonnes on its two existing lines. Planning permission for the extension of the facility with a third line was granted in 2009 and is already covered by the existing environmental permit.

A WRG statement said: “If the application is granted it will enable Eastcroft to use existing infrastructure to treat more waste, help combat climate change, reduce reliance on landfill and produce more energy for Nottingham’s district heating system which it serves.”

Environment Agency environment manager Dave Lowe said: “It is important that we obtain and consider the views of the public and key stakeholders before we make our decision on the application. We would like to encourage communities close to the site to forward their comments on the application as part of our consultation process and this will close on 14 July 2011.”

Planning permission for the facility’s expansion was initially denied by Nottingham city council and was granted by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears in 2009.

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