Application to change Barry waste wood facility permit withdrawn

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has deemed an application from a company in Barry to change its environmental permit withdrawn after the applicant failed to meet a deadline to provide further information.

JM Envirofuels (Barry) Ltd on Wimborne Road, Barry Dock, currently has a permit which allows it to treat and store waste wood, which is then used as fuel in energy from waste facilities.

The company applied to NRW in 2019 to increase the amount of wood waste it could treat and store, as well as proposing to treat other types of non-hazardous household, commercial and industrial waste - including metal, glass and plasterboard.

The proposal also included accepting and storing ash produced by energy from waste facilities, such as the Barry Biomass plant.

Following its own technical assessment of the application and consideration of the responses to a public consultation of the application at the beginning of the year, NRW issued a Notice to JM Envirofuels (Barry) Ltd in April to ask for additional information in relation to many aspects of its proposed plans.

Following a request from the applicant, NRW agreed to extend the deadline for the submission of the additional information to 17 July, providing almost three months for the applicant to complete the request.

The applicant did not provide the information by the deadline and as a result NRW has deemed the application to have been withdrawn.

Caroline Drayton, Operations Manager for NRW, said:

“We ensure that every application we receive is thoroughly assessed to protect nearby communities and the environment.

“The company’s plan was significantly different to what it currently has a permit for. Following our assessment of the application and responses we received through the consultation, it was clear that further detail was needed to show how the activities would comply with the regulations.

“The advice we received from specialist organisations together with the information we received from local people through our consultation was incredibly valuable to us. We thank the people who took the time to get involved.”

JM Envirofuels (Barry) Ltd has the right to appeal NRW’s decision via Welsh Ministers and must be made by 13 August 2020.

All documentation submitted in support of the application, including a copy of all notices and responses, are available on NRW online public register.

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