Covanta Gone but Legacy Lingers

Covanta Incinerator environmental permit update email sent to the Covanta Liaison Panel

“On behalf of the Environment Agency – I am writing to let you know that on Thursday 12 June 2014 we received notification from Covanta Rookery South Ltd that they wished to withdraw their application for an energy from waste incinerator at Rookery Pit. This was in response to a letter we sent on Friday 6 June 2014. In this letter we advised Covanta that we were minded to refuse the permit on the grounds of no longer having sufficient information. As a result of the various periods the application has been on hold for, parts of the application are out of date and technical updates would now be required.

The minded to refuse decision was not based on the type of operation proposed at Rookery Pit, rather that Covanta were unable to supply us, at this time, with all the information that we would now need to satisfy us that any impact from the site would be acceptable.

Covanta, or any other operator, would be at liberty to re-apply for a similar operation at the site and we would assess any new application on its own merits and based on the information it contained.

As a result of Covanta withdrawing their application, Ballast Phoenix Ltd have also withdrawn their application for the associated ash handling plant.

Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Cambridgeshire, PE28 4NE”