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Ship recycler backed over permit change

A ship recycling company is set to be allowed to change its Environmental Permit to expand its operations, despite local concerns.

Swansea Drydocks wants to extend an area in which its dismantle ships to include a wet berth area. ‘End of life’ ships would stored in the berth for the stripping of fixtures and fittings and removing any waste fuel and oil.

Environment Agency Wales (EAW) says it is likely to allow changes to the company’s permit, although there will be a second round of consultation over any issues not addressed as part of the original decision-making process.

Mary Youell, from EAW said: “We have carried out a rigorous assessment into these proposals and the company has demonstrated that they have the necessary measures in place to protect local people and the environment.

“This second round of consultation gives everybody the opportunity to view the revised permit we have drafted, discuss how we have reached our decision, and bring any new issues to our attention.

“We will only allow the permit change once we are satisfied that the company will continue to operate safely and without impacting on local people or the environment.”

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