Information about the proposed pyrolysis plant with energy recovery at Vale Europe Ltd, Clydach
Draft decision to grant a variation to an environmental permit to allow the operation of a waste pyrolysis plant with energy recovery at Vale Europe Nickel Refinery, Clydach.
What’s happened so far?
Environment Agency Wales received an application to vary an environmental permit to allow the operation of a waste pyrolysis plant with energy recovery at Vale Europe nickel refinery, Clydach.
Our role was to assess Vale Europe’s application to vary their environmental permit and decide whether to grant or refuse the application. To reach a draft decision, we carried out a rigorous scrutiny of Vale Europe’s application and consulted with a number of organisations and public bodies. We also sought the comments of nearby communities.
What’s the latest news?
Environment Agency Wales is likely to grant a variation to Vale Europe’s environmental permit to allow the operation of the waste pyrolysis plant at their nickel refinery in Clydach, and has prepared a draft decision document and a draft variation notice. This includes an updated permit for the facility.
The draft permit outlines how the facility is expected to conform to the highest possible environmental standards to protect the local community and environment. It regulates the impact of the plant by setting stringent conditions on its emissions to air, land and water.
The purpose of this draft decision consultation is to ensure no information is missing which may affect our decision. We will look at all further relevant comments received as part of this consultation before making a final decision.
Our draft decision consultation opened on Tuesday 6 November 2012 and will close on Tuesday 4 December 2012.
Send us your comments
Should you wish to make any comments on this draft decision, please note that all submissions should quote the application reference EPR/BL4567IZ/V005 and be sent in writing to Environment Agency, PSC, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF, or emailed by no later than Tuesday 4 December 2012.
We normally place all representations we receive on the public register. If you do not want either your identity or your full representation to appear on the public register, please let us know.
To help you respond to the consultation on our draft decision, we have set out the main issues we will and will not consider at this stage in the documents below.
What happens next
We will consider any relevant further information before reaching our final decision. We will then decide whether or not to issue an environmental permit variation and produce a final decision document to explain how we’ve reached our decision. If we decide to grant the application, we will produce an updated environmental permit and publish our final decision on our website.
Copies of the decision document and variation notice are available to view at the public register held at:
Environment Agency Wales, Maes Newydd, Llandarcy, Neath Port Talbot, SA10 6JQ, and
City and County of Swansea, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN
You can inspect our register free of charge during 9.30-4.30 Monday to Friday.
Please phone the National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506 506 to arrange an appointment.