Permit variation for Bryn Posteg Landfill Site issued

A permit variation has been issued to the operators of the Bryn Posteg Landfill Site near Llandiloes that will eventually allow the site to be capped and closed.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) issued the permit after considering the application and the responses to two public consultations.

Previously, 333,302 cubic metres of waste had been deposited above the permitted height at the site; the enforcement response to the breach is still subject to separate legal proceedings.

The change to the permit allows that waste to remain on site, and for 116,657 cubic metres of additional waste to be deposited. The variation does this by allowing a revised profile drawing of the site which changes the permitted height of the landfill up to its existing height.

Issuing the permit variation is the best option for the environment as the additional waste will make the shape of the waste suitable to being capped, which will allow the site to close in a way that will offer protection to the local environment.

Forcing the operator to remove the waste that was previously unpermitted would have resulted in very large amounts of rotting waste being dug up and hauled through the local community and environment.

This would have exposed the local community and environment to very substantial impacts such as odour and landfill gas release as well as increasing leachate production.

Holly Noble, Permitting Team Leader for Installations and Radioactive Substances Regulations for Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said: “We know that developments at Bryn Posteg are important to many people in the Llanidloes area.

"We looked carefully at the application and the supporting evidence and considered them alongside feedback from the two public consultations that we held on the application for the variation.

“When coronavirus restrictions impacted our ability to host the arranged drop-in session, we swiftly implemented a phone and videoconference option to give people an alternative opportunity to have their say on the matter and to ask questions about the proposed variation.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those that engaged in the process. Consultation responses naturally showed a mix of opinion with support and opposition for the permit variation. The responses were considered in detail, but having considered the environmental impacts and in the absence of viable alternatives, a decision was taken to grant the permit variation.”

The permit was issued on 8 September 2020 after all legal and financial requirements of the permit variation had been satisfied.

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