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Second energy-from-waste scheme proposed for examination by IPC

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has received a planning application for an energy-from-waste facility near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.

Covanta Energy has submitted an application to the IPC for a Development Consent Order for its proposed Brig y Cwm Energy from Waste facility on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil.

The submission to the IPC follows extensive consultation with communities, local authorities and a wide range of expert bodies. This consultation and the views and feedback received have helped shape Covanta’s finalised proposal.

Brig y Cwm would have the capacity to process annually 750,000 tonnes of residual waste, the waste which would otherwise be sent to landfill. It could generate enough energy to power all of the homes in the Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly county boroughs. Around 75 per cent of the waste will arrive by rail.

The application includes detailed environmental studies into the suitability of the proposed site, which is located on land adjacent to the Cwmbargoed rail head and largely within the Ffos y Fran Land Reclamation Scheme.

The commission is currently considering a separate application from Covanta for another energy-from-waste plant at Rookery South, Bedfordshire, which was the first application to be accepted for examination by the body.

Ministers have signalled which secretaries of state will be responsible for determining which category of nationally significant infrastructure project once the IPC is abolished in April 2012. The Government has also made it clear that it won’t produce national policy statement for airports and has not decided yet whether one will be needed for water supply.

Read more on the Infrastructure Planning Commission website.

 

Roger Milne

6 January 2011