Incinerators: Runcorn

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th May 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135379, on Incinerators, for what reason the decision document sent to Runcorn EfW facility when granting permit No EPR/EP3731XL states on page 32 that current monitoring techniques will capture fine particles (PM2.5) and the resulting permit condition requires a full analysis of particulate size.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The decision document states:

“Whilst the [Environment] Agency is confident that current monitoring techniques will capture the fine particle fraction (PM2.5) for inclusion in a measurement of total particulate matter, a permit condition has been included that will require a full analysis of particle size distribution in the flue gas, and hence determine the ratio of fine to coarse particles.”

The reason for this statement is that total particulate matter (TPM) includes PM2.5 as well as particulates of other sizes and therefore by monitoring TPM emissions, emissions of PM2.5 will also be captured.

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