Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has refused an environmental permit application for a waste treatment facility in south-east Wales over fears the plant could have a negative effect on local people’s health.
NRW said it was concerned the rare weather phenomenon of temperature inversion could trap fumes over Cwmfelinfach, near Caerphilly, where the plant was proposed.
The proposed activity at the site would involve sorting and segregating waste for recycling and the production of fuel. Emissions from burning of natural gas used in an on site drier would include Nitrogen Dioxide.
“We received evidence during the public consultation from Public Health Wales to advise us about the potential impact on local air quality”
NRW has informed the operator, Hazrem Environmental Limited, of its decision.
Jon Goldsworthy, operations manager for NRW, said: “One of our main roles is to protect communities from poor environmental quality that is detrimental to people’s health and the environment.
“We received evidence during the public consultation from Public Health Wales to advise us about the potential impact on local air quality.
“As a result we believe that the proposed facility has the potential to have a negative impact on the health of people living in the area. This is due to a predicted short term increase in Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations during certain weather conditions, such as thermal inversions.
“We were not satisfied that the company’s detailed plans demonstrate that it can operate without harming people.”