Permit looks set to be granted to incinerator bosses
Gloucestershire incinerator bosses say they 'delighted' that the Environment Agency looks set to back their controversial plans.
The government agency says it is 'minded to grant' and environmental permit which would allow waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty to operate its proposed burner at Javelin Park, in Haresfield.
It is now consulting Gloucestershire people for a second time before it awards the permit.
Community groups, and anyone else with an interest in the development, now have an opportunity to review the documents which explain how the EA arrived at its decision.
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They can drop in to a session at Stonehouse Town Hall from 3pm until 7pm on Tuesday, March 12.
Javier Peiro, project director for Urbaser Balfour Beatty, said: "We are delighted that the EA, who's experts have thoroughly considered all of the available information under best practise guidance, is 'minded to grant' an environmental permit for a facility, which will help divert over 92 per cent of Gloucestershire's residual waste from landfill while generating enough electricity to power approximately 25,000 homes.
"The facility would also prevent up to 270,000 tonnes a year of methane being produced from landfill, which is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from nearly one million cars.
"We would encourage all members of the local community to contribute and register views if they haven't already done so."
The permit being granted is a separate issue to the planning application put before Gloucestershire County Council's planning committee on March 21.
The draft decision by the Environment Agency is online at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal