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Next stage begins for Knowsley EfW plant

Plans for an energy-from-waste facility in Merseyside have moved on a stage.

The Environment Agency has opened a consultation on Knowsley Energy Recovery’s application for an environmental permit for the proposed plant at Knowsley Business Park, Knowsley.

The proposed facility would thermally treat non-hazardous, mixed residual municipal, commercial and industrial waste and use the energy created to generate electricity.

The consultation provides members of the public with the opportunity to comment on issues such as air quality, noise, vibration and odour control.

EA environment manager Steve Molyneux said: “We appreciate there is interest in this application from local people.

“The Environment Agency understands the importance of consulting with members of the local community, the local authorities and the health authority for their views of the potential effect from the proposal on the environment and public health.”

The consultation will run from 21 February 2012 to 20 March 2012.

It does not relate to the planning issues for the site, such as traffic movements, visual impact, operating hours and light pollution.

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council granted the proposal planning permission in May 2009.

EfW projects have been in the spotlight recently.

MRW reported last week that industry chiefs were concerned that future schemes could be undermined by guidance the government is drawing up for councils.  

Early drafts of the document, which ministers are consulting on, were slammed as “unduly negative and weak in supporting EfW” by an influential group of waste professionals.

Meanwhile, the Health Protection Agency last month confirmed it would begin its study into the potential health risks of incinerators in April 2012, with preliminary results expected in March 2014.

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