Environment

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 18th March 2011.

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Question S3W-40284

To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions on emissions it expects intended waste-to-heat developments to meet.

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

The conditions included in environmental permits for controlling emissions from energy from waste plants are operational matters for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Conditions will depend on a range of site specific factors and will aim to ensure that plants comply with the stringent emission standards required by the Waste Incineration Directive, the objectives of which are to protect human health and the environment from the impacts of burning waste.

Environmental permits for new energy from waste plants will normally include conditions that specify emission limit values and monitoring requirements for a range of pollutants, including particulates, dioxins and furans. Conditions will also specify techniques on how these pollutants are to be measured and on the use of continuous and periodic measurement equipment.

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