03 Amey Cespa2_200The UK Environment Agency has issued an environmental permit for Amey Cespa’s  proposed 320,000 tonne per year waste to energy facility at Allerton Park near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

The agency said that the decision follows a public consultation and a thorough assessment of any potential impacts on the environment.

According to Amey Cespa, if built, the facility will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by at least 90%,

However, in February this year the project lost £65 million of promised government funding in the form of PFI credits, prompting the North Yorkshire council filed a request for a judicial review in May.

The permit issued by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2012, requires the company to comply with all relevant legislation including strict air emission and monitoring standards.

The planned facility would also feature a mechanical treatment plant to remove any remaining recyclables from the residual waste, as well as an anaerobic digester to produce biogas.

The award of the permit is covered in this week’s WMW newscast, below.

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