Information on the proposed incinerator with energy from waste and combined heat and power facility at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, Devon - updated 6 March 2012.
What is the latest news?
In March 2012 we granted an Environmental Permit to MVV Environment Devonport for an incinerator with combined heat and power facility at North Yard, Devonport in Plymouth.
In reaching our decision we have taken into account all relevant considerations and legal requirements. We are satisfied that the conditions within the permit will ensure that a high level of protection will be provided to human health and the environment should the facility become operational.
We have published our decision document with our permit. The permit sets strict conditions to protect the local community and the environment when the facility becomes operational.
The permit and decision document can be downloaded here:
Copies of the permit and decision document are also available at the public registers held at:
- Plymouth City Council, Civic Centre, Armada Way, Plymouth, Devon PL1 9ST; and
- Environment Agency, Manley House, Kestrel Way, Exeter EX2 7LQ
You can inspect these registers free of charge during normal office hours (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday). You may obtain a copy of documents on the register - a charge may be made to cover the costs of copying.
What happens next?
Once the incinerator is built, and ready to operate, we will check that the plant has been constructed in accordance with the permit conditions and all pre-operational requirements have been met.
When the incinerator is operational we will ensure that all of the conditions of the permit are complied with. This includes:
- requiring that operators measure concentrations of pollutants in exhaust gases
- checking the monitoring of pollutants using independent contractors
- doing regular site inspections
- adding or changing conditions in the permit if required
- requiring the operator to tell us if emission limits are exceeded or if they fail to comply with any of the Environmental Permit conditions
- carrying out investigations into any failures to comply with the Environmental Permit conditions
- taking enforcement action if needed. We can serve an enforcement notice to ensure a facility complies with its permit or we can prohibit operation. In serious cases we could prosecute the operator of the incinerator.
What’s happened already?
We received an application for an environmental permit to operate an incinerator with energy from waste and combined heat and power facility from MVV Environment Devonport Ltd at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, Devon in June 2011.
We ran a public consultation on the application which closed on Friday 5 August 2011. As part of the public consultation we held a public surgery on Wednesday 20 July 2011 at Tamar View Community Centre, St Budeaux, Plymouth.
We published the draft decision and draft permit in December 2011. We ran a public consultation on the draft documents which closed on Friday 3 February. As part of the public consultation we held a public surgery on Monday 16 January 2012 at Tamar View Community Centre.
During the consultations on the application and the draft permit we received many responses from members of the public and other organisations. We have taken these into account during our decision making process. This is reflected in the permit we have granted and the accompanying decision document.