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The Environment Agency High Public Interest Consultation on the Proposed Horsham Incinerator extended to midnight on Monday 2 August 2021

Planning permission was granted subject to conditions at Appeal but an environmental permit is also required, which the Environment Agency is responsible for granting or refusing. The design needs to meet the high standards and risk assessments for this type of operation.

The Environment Agency can only take account of comments relevant to the environmental regulatory requirements, including technical standards, noise and odour from the site and whether the potential impact is acceptable.

They cannot take account of anything outside of the remit of environmental permitting, for example, the proposed location, visual impact, traffic travelling to and from the site or whether the activity should be allowed or not.

Concerns About the Environmental Permit Application Include:

  • Toxic pollutants from the 95m high chimney stack lit with red aviation warning lights, include nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, ammonia, dioxins and furans, PCBs and particulates.
  • Is the proposed application using Best Available Techniques, meeting relevant environmental regulatory requirements and technical standards?
  • The shape and use of the land around the site in terms of its potential impact, whether that impact is acceptable and what pollution control or abatement may be required.
  • In transitioning from skip hire and waste management, are Best Available Techniques proposed and could Britaniacrest build and operate this incinerator without risk to our health or the environment?
  • Noise, vibration, dust and odours from activity and traffic onsite, affecting people in existing and new homes, schools, businesses and wildlife.
  • The hazardous ash and residues (around 23 – 29% of the waste fuel burnt) contaminated with heavy metals and dioxins, transported off site for treatment or landfill.
  • At least 32 missing documents, appendices, drawings and references are unavailable for review by the consultees, stakeholders, public or Environment Agency.

Ni4H has again asked the EA to pause and restart the consultation when access to all the information is clearly available, to allow time to review and comment.

Planning Permission was Granted Subject to Conditions at Appeal in February 2020 Following the Public Inquiry

Concerns About the Planning Application Included:

  • Huge 36 metre high building in Langhurstwood Road off A264 by Warnham Station.
  • 95 metre high chimney releasing harmful particulates and nitrogen oxides, permanently lit with red aviation lights, 9 metres higher than the tower crane, in its resting position, currently in central Horsham at the Bishop’s Weald site.
  • More HGV traffic from 6 counties transporting 230,000 tonnes of waste per year.
  • Hazardous waste toxic ash includes heavy metals and dioxins.
  • MPs have criticised incineration and called for a moratorium on new incineration capacity, the introduction of an incineration tax, and/or better enforcement of the waste hierarchy.
  • Electricity generated by waste incineration has significantly higher adverse climate change impacts than electricity generated through the conventional use of fossil fuels such as gas.
  • Waste incinerators make climate change worse, releasing an average  of around 1 tonne of CO2 for every tonne of waste incinerated.