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EA consults on Essex EfW permit resubmission

Consultation is underway over changes to the design of an Essex energy-from-waste facility after a permit application was refused by the Environment Agency (EA).

The merchant facility proposed by Gent Fairhead on the former Rivenhall airfield site near Braintree has planning permission from Essex County Council.

But in December 2016, a permit application was turned down, with the EA commenting: “We are not satisfied…that the proposals reduce emissions and their impact on the environment through the use of best available techniques (BAT) and, in particular, that the proposed stack height is BAT.”

A revised application is now being considered and an EA consultation closes on 13 April. This includes drop-in sessions for local residents.

Frank Saunders, team leader at the EA, said: “Gent Fairhead’s revised proposals include a change to the height of the incinerator stack. We encourage local people to come to the drop-ins to find out more about the latest proposals.

”We’d like to hear their thoughts and concerns to make sure we consider local representations in our decision-making process.”

The site is one of 19 identified as potential commercial waste sites by the county council in its Replacement Local Waste Plan, which went out to public consultation in January and February.

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