Operating permit secured for waste to energy plant

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The Environment Agency has today issued an environmental permit to allow BH Energy Gap (Doncaster) Ltd, to operate a waste incinerator at a site off Sandall Stones Road, Kirk Sandall, Doncaster.

The decision follows an environmental assessment of the company’s proposed activities, and takes into account 50 comments made during two public consultations.

Energy Gap’s facility will generate approximately 39 MW of electricity through the incineration of up to 350,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste per year.

The company must follow legally binding conditions set out in the permit in order to protect air quality, groundwater and surface water and to ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of waste.

The permit also imposes conditions to minimise the risk of accidents, noise and odour and maximise energy efficiency.

Area environment manager for the Environment Agency, Jacqui Tootill, said: “Having carried out a full assessment of Energy Gap’s application, which takes into account all of the responses to our public consultation, we’re now certain that this facility meets all the necessary legal requirements and that a permit can be issued.

“We don’t permit activities that pose an unacceptable risk to health or the environment and our officers will now set about regulating the site to ensure the conditions of the permit are met and that waste and emissions are managed correctly.”