Pollution: Incinerators

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that pollution from the incinerators constructed by Veolia in the UK are effectively regulated and monitored.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Waste recovery and disposal operations, including incineration, are subject to the requirement for a permit under EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), the principal purpose of which is to prevent harm to human health and the environment. This requirement is met in England and Wales through the environmental permitting regime. The Environment Agency is the regulator for the determination of applications for environmental permits and carries out inspection and other forms of compliance assessment of permitted facilities.

Incineration plants are additionally obliged to meet the stringent emission requirements of the Waste Incineration Directive (WID) (2000/76/EC) and, for those with an incineration capacity exceeding three tonnes an hour, the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (2008/1/EC) which requires the operation to be carried out in accordance with best available techniques.

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