We got this press release below from BCAG. We asked the Environment Agency for a comment and they got back to us very swiftly indeed. That response is below the BCAG one.
BCAG Press release
Trafford-based Breathe Clean Air Group has challenged the Environment
Agency over a serious irregularity in issuing the controversial Barton
Renewable Energy Plant in Greater Manchester, with an Environmental
Group Chairman Pete Kilvert has written to Secretary of State for
Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles claiming that the
Environment Agency has clearly flouted the law and this should be taken
up with higher authorities.
The Barton Renewable Energy Plant is still awaiting planning permission,
but two weeks before a Public Inquiry last November, the Environment
Agency issued an Environmental Permit. “Not only did the timing of
the permit go against us” said Mr Kilvert, “but certain facts about the
danger of the incinerator were not revealed. One crucial fact that was not
revealed was that the Environment Agency failed to notice, when looking
at Peel Energy’s plans, that the nearest people to be affected by emissions
from the plant lived on Wilfred Street, not Tindall Street, Peel Green”.
The Breathe Clean Air Group says that Wilfred Street will receive 2 per
cent extra nitrogen dioxide from the plant, and they are already well over
the limit for this toxic and irritant gas, because of their proximity to the
Mr Kilvert has urged Mr Pickles, who will make the final decision about
the Davyhulme biomass incinerator by mid May, that he should not allow
it to be built. The campaign group has also planned to visit Parliament
next month to stress to MPs, the dangers of burning biomass. “We are not
opposed to alternative energy” added Mr Kilvert, “but biomass should not
be used as it adds to Global Warming and has serious health impacts”.
Environment Agency response (in full)
An Environment Agency Spokesperson said: “We carried out a thorough assessment of the application, and consulted with the Health Protection Agency and Primary Care Trusts amongst others, and we are satisfied that this took into account the impact on the whole of the Air Quality Management Area, including both Tindell Street and Wilfred Road.
“We set strict conditions within the permit to ensure that local people and the environment are protected. We appreciate that some local people have ongoing concerns about the potential impact from the site. We would like to reassure the local community that if the facility does go ahead we will ensure that it adheres to these strict standards and will monitor it closely to make sure the conditions of the permit are met.”