Consultation begins on Barry Biomass draft decision

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is today (27 November, 2017) launching another consultation after announcing that it plans to issue an environmental permit to allow Biomass UK No 2 Ltd to operate its gasification facility in Barry.

As part of this, NRW will share details of the assessment it has made, and copies of the draft permit conditions it would enforce. 

It offers local people, businesses and professional organisations an opportunity to bring forward any new information which has not yet been considered as part of previous consultations and to understand how and why NRW came to its draft decision.

Due to the Christmas holidays, the consultation will run for an extended period and will remain open until Monday 22 January.

After making a detailed assessment of the company’s plans, NRW is satisfied that appropriate measures will be in place to allow it to operate without damaging the environment or the health of local people.

As well as being assessed by NRW’s own internal experts, specialist advice from other organisations such as Public Health Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service was also considered.

Nadia De Longhi, Operations Manager from NRW said:

“We know that people still have concerns about this facility and I want to reassure them that we will only grant the permit once we are sure that the applicant can meet the strict standards required.

“We have closely scrutinised the application, and where we’ve needed to, we’ve asked for more detail and clarification to help us reach this decision.

“Throughout this consultation we’ll be happy to consider any new evidence or information that is relevant to our decision. If we do go ahead and grant the permit, we will closely monitor the company’s operations to make sure it continues to meet these strict conditions for as long as it operates.”

NRW is legally required to grant an environmental permit if a company can demonstrate that it can operate within environmental legislation.

The permit will regulate the control of emissions, handling and storage of waste, general operational management and fire risk. It does not cover issues such as the location of the plant, emissions from traffic, volume of lorries travelling to/from the site and origin of the wastes.

Copies of NRW’s assessment and the draft permit conditions are available electronically on its website. They are also available to view at Barry Library, Barry Town Council or the NRW offices on Newport Road and in St Mellons.

Comments should be sent to Natural Resources Wales, Permitting Service Consultations, Cambria House, 29 Newport Road, CF24 0TP or by email to

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