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Environmental permit clarification and general update

July 11, 2011

Despite MVV Umvelt being appointed preferred bidder for South West Devon Waste Partnership’s residual waste treatment contract, our assessment of waste arisings demonstrates there is still an evident market for New England to provide an essential service for local businesses. This is based on the amount of non-domestic residual waste in the local area that will require treatment above and beyond the capacity provided by MVV’s proposed plant in the dockyard.

We would also like to clarify the latest position regarding our application to the Environment Agency for an Environmental Permit required in order for us to operate the facility.

Originally Viridor submitted one application covering both the landfill and energy from waste plant. A request was then made to separate the permit applications. This has been done by withdrawing the landfill element of the original combined application and re-applying for a separate landfill permit.
The EfW application is unchanged, however the landfill application has been updated to incorporate answers to questions submitted by the EA, but otherwise does not differ significantly from the landfill element of the original combined application.

Finally, I would once again like to clarify some of the key points and benefits of our proposals:

Waste Local Plan: The New England site is clearly identified in the Devon Waste Local Plan as suitable for waste infrastructure
Job Creation: As well as employment generated through the construction period, once operational the plant will create 40 new jobs in the local area.
Traffic: Viridor was unable to secure the land required to bypass Lee Mill, however provision of a “watchman” speed activated camera on both sides of the road, to alternate signs “30mph” and “SLOW DOWN”; a footway, 1.8m width on the southern side of Western Road; and enhancement of existing road signage and road markings would be undertaken on Western Road.
Protection of Health: If approved, the New England facility would operate to strict conditions laid out in an environmental permit, providing full assurance on protection of public health and the environment.
River Yealm: The facility will have no negative impact on the River Yealm. Only a very short section of the access road into the site is in the flood plain.

In sum, we are still confident New England Quarry is an appropriate location for a facility of this nature, as identified in Devon County Council’s own Waste Local Plan.


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