Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has issued an environmental permit for an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility on Deeside, Flintshire.
Following an in-depth assessment, including a public consultation, NRW said it was satisfied that Wheelabrator’s plans demonstrate that it will comply with environmental laws and can operate without harming the environment.
The firm sent a permit application in October 2014 for its Parc Adfer facility, which will accept up to 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household, industrial and commercial waste a year.
NRW head of operations for North Wale, Sian Williams said: “We studied the application in great detail and are satisfied that the facility can operate without harming the environment or the health of people nearby.
“We are therefore issuing a permit to allow it to operate, and will monitor its operation to ensure that it complies with its permit conditions.”
As part of its application process, NRW consulted with specialist health organisations such as Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Public Health Wales on the plans.
Flintshire County Council’s planning committee originally approved plans for the £800m plant in May after initially rejecting the scheme.
It will produce around 14.4MW of electricity per year for export to the National Grid, which is estimated to be enough to power about 30,000 homes.
Ash produced through the process will be treated on-site to produce materials for the construction industry.