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Health concerns hit RDF plant application

A decision to award an environmental permit for a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant in south-east Wales has been delayed due to health concerns.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) received a permit application in October from Hazrem Environmental to build the facility on Nine Mile industrial estate in Caerphilly.

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning committee gave its approval to the development in December and NRW ran a public consultation earlier this year.

The body reportedly received 700 objection letters from local residents, who argued it would have a detrimental impact on the environment

Now the regulator has said it is consulting further with Public Health Wales (PHW) on the application before making a decision.

John Hogg, NRW head of operations in south-east Wales, said: “We continue to review the application and work closely with PHW to ensure that we have all the information necessary on any potential impact on the health of people living in the area.

“This is due to a predicted short term-increase in nitrogen dioxide emissions during certain weather conditions, such as thermal inversions.

“We will only grant a permit if we are satisfied that the company’s detailed plans demonstrate it will comply with environmental laws, and can operate without harming people and the environment.”

The proposed facility would accept up to 100,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste a year to be segregated for recycling and baled as RDF, which would be exported for incineration.

Emissions from burning of natural gas used to dry the waste on-site would be released through an 18m-high stack designed to eliminate odours.

  • Pictured: local MP Chris Evans, local AM Rhianon Passmore join protesters

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