Environmental Agency Consultation on Covanta by 03/02/11

Approval for the Covanta Incinerator has to be given by both the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) & the Environment Agency (EA). The  IPC approves the building of the plant but the EA approves its operation  through granting an environmental permit under the Environmental Permitting  (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

The original closing date for comments was 27 January 2011 but this has now been extended until 03 February 2011 ! So much for consultation as this will  prove a very challenging timetable for most Parish Councils who meet monthly. So this is where you can make a difference !

The Environment Agency has received an application for an environmental permit under the Regulations from Covanta Energy Limited.

Name of applicant: Covanta Energy Limited

Application number: EA/EPR/NP3030TV/A001

Type of regulated facility: Incineration of Non Hazardous Waste

Address of regulated facility: Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility,

Rookery South Pit, Nr Stewartby, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 2JJ

The application contains a description of: the installation; the materials,  substances and energy it will use and generate; the conditions of its site;  the source, nature and quantity of its foreseeable emissions and their significant effects on the environment; the proposed techniques for preventing, reducing, and monitoring its emissions and preventing and recovering waste; and an outline of the main alternatives, if any, considered. This is very similar to the information provided in the IPC application.

This information is held in registers at the following locations:

The Environment AgencyBrampton Office,  Central Area Office,  Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4NE


Central Bedfordshire Council, Technology House, 239 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9BD

You can inspect the EA register free of charge during normal office hours  (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, not bank holidays). Please ring in advance to arrange an appointment by calling the National Customer Contact Centre on  08708 506 506. Copies of documents on the register can be obtained but a > charge may be made to cover the costs of copying.

The Environment Agency must decide whether to grant or refuse the application. If it grants the application, it must decide what conditions should be included in the permit. Theoretically there is the remote possibility the IPC could approve the construction of the plant and the EA refuse to allow it to operate.

Any comments should be made in writing by 03 February 2011

You can email them at psc@environment-agency.gov.uk quoting the application number.

Or you can write to:-

PSC – EP Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield S9 4WF quoting the application number: EA/EPR/NP3030TV/A001

Guidance on decision-making under the Regulations can be found at  www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/permitting/32320.aspx

Any comments received must normally be placed on the public register by the EA. If you do not want your representation to appear on the public  register, you should make a request to this effect.

We encourage MMAG supporters to let the EA know how they feel about Covanta.