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Waste firm has permit revoked

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The Environment Agency (EA) has revoked the environmental permit of Yorkshire business Noble Waste Treatment following a series of breaches of permit conditions.

According to the EA, the company has a history of failing to comply with the conditions of its permit. Breaches include the storage of excessive waste for prolonged periods, the storage of waste in a manner that poses a fire risk and the storage of waste on land outside the permitted area.

The revocation means the company can no longer operate its waste transfer facility at Thornes Lane Wharf, Wakefield, and no more waste can be accepted at the site.

Noble Waste Treatment has until 22 September to remove waste from the permitted area of the site. If it does not comply, it may face the prospect of further legal action.

A spokesperson for the EA said: “The company has a history of failing to comply with its permit conditions and it has failed to respond to advice, guidance and enforcement action taken against it.

“It is vital that waste companies comply with the law so that communities and the environment are not put at risk. We work with operators to help them meet their obligations but, where significant or repeated breaches occur, we will take appropriate action to protect the environment.”

Last year the EA served a legal notice on the company to revoke its permit but the company appealed, allowing it to continue to operate while awaiting the outcome.

But last week the Planning Inspectorate found in favour of the regulator and dismissed the company’s appeal, bringing into effect the permit revocation.

A separate company with a similar name, Noble Skip Services, is not directly affected by the permit revocation. The EA said it can continue to collect waste from businesses and residents, but cannot deposit that waste at the Thornes Lane Wharf site.

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