Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has received an application from Milford Haven Port Authority for an environmental permit to operate a waste storage and transfer station at Pembroke Dock.
The company wants to allow businesses using the port to temporarily store waste on site, before it is transferred elsewhere.
It proposes to store waste which will be used to produce energy. Usually this is processed baled waste and loose processed wood waste. It contains non-hazardous waste from homes and businesses, which can be used as fuel to produce electricity in offsite energy-from-waste facilities.
All waste sites must have a permit before they can operate. To be granted a permit the operators must show that they have the right infrastructure, management techniques and equipment to deal with the waste in the proposed area.
NRW will now begin a six-week consultation with local people, businesses and other experts including Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Public Health Wales, Pembrokeshire Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board.
This is an opportunity to raise any concerns or provide NRW with any important information it needs to be aware of as it assesses the company’s application.
A public drop in session will also take place in Pembroke Dock week commencing 6th May. Full details of this to follow.
Andrea Winterton, Operations Manager from NRW said:
“The Milford Haven Waterway, as well as being a key hub for the energy industry, is a rich habitat for wildlife, and part of the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation.
“We will only grant a permit if we are confident that the company has the right plans and measures in place to run the site without causing harm to local people or the environment.
“Our experts will now begin their assessment, but local knowledge is incredibly valuable to us. All comments we receive as part of our consultation will be considered when it comes to making our decision.”
The consultation will close on 21st May 2019.
A hard copy is also available by request to the email or postal address below.
All comments need to be received in writing by 21st May 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Permitting Team Leader (Waste), Natural Resources Wales, Permitting Service (Cardiff), Cambria House, 29 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0TP