Consultation on environmental permit application for Alton Materials Recovery Facility

The proposed 30MW advanced energy recovery facility would be capable of treating around 330,000 tonnes of non-recyclable, non-hazardous waste each year

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The Environment Agency (EA) is holding a public consultation on an environmental permit variation application from Veolia ES Hampshire Limited for the Alton Materials Recovery Facility.

The proposed 30MW advanced energy recovery facility would be capable of treating around 330,000 tonnes of non-recyclable, non-hazardous waste each year from homes and businesses across Hampshire and its neighbouring counties.

The EA is seeking comments on the company’s application from the local community and interested groups, with information received about relevant environmental considerations used to help determine the application as part of a “detailed and rigorous assessment” of the proposed operation.

A permit variation will only be granted if the operator demonstrates it meets all legal requirements of the Environment Permitting Regulations and that the facility will be operated in a way that provides a high level of protection of the environment and human health.

Should the permit variation be granted, specialist Environment Agency officers will regularly audit the operation, including analysing monitoring data and will also conduct unannounced inspections.

Colin Chiverton, Area Environment Manager at the EA said: “When we make a permit decision, we use information on the potential environmental and human health impacts of the activity.

“Public consultation lets people and organisations take part in our decision making. As this consultation is for an environmental permit we are looking specifically for environmental or health considerations. You can comment on issues that could affect you or where you have particular local knowledge. We take all relevant comments into account so we can make better decisions.”

The consultation will run until 24th June 2021.

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