Go-ahead for Saltend incinerator to be built
The Environment Agency has today given the go-ahead for an incinerator to be built at Saltend.
The agency has issued an environmental permit to Waste Recycling Group (WRG) for its non-hazardous waste incinerator at Queen Elizabeth Dock, near Hedon.
The plant, also known as an energy from waste facility, burns waste at high temperatures using the energy to generate electricity.
The new permit will set strict conditions governing the operation of the incinerator, ensuring that public health and the environment are properly protected.
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Simon Firth, the agency's environment manager, said: "We have considered this application very carefully, and we are satisfied that the incinerator will not cause any significant pollution providing it is operated in accordance with our permit.
"When the facility is up and running we will monitor its environment performance, including emissions to air, to ensure that the permit conditions are not breached."
The public were given one last chance to have their say on the plant's operation during a consultation in April.
With planning permission to build the plant already secured, the operating licence was the final stage of the decision-making process.
See Thursday's Mail for full reaction and analysis to the Saltend incinerator decision.