Toxic fumes and bad smell fears over Saltney waste plant

Published date: 07 April 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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FEARS over toxic fumes and bad odours coming from a planned development have been raised.

Residents have voiced concerns over plans for a waste processing facility at a site by River Lane, Saltney.

The application, lodged by Lancashire Fuels 4U Ltd, would see the 3.54 hectare site used to import, store, recycle and process waste for the manufacture of biomass fuel and solid fuel pellets and brickettes.

Saltney councillor Richard Lloyd raised concerns over the type of waste used, stating that possible toxic fumes could come from plastic waste.

He also said if food waste was used, it could generate bad odours.

A total of 36 letters of objection were sent by members of the public, who expressed worry about odours, waste releasing vapours and gases known as bioaerosols, dust, vermin and the fact that waste material had already started to be brought on-site.

A report, which will be discussed by members of Flintshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, stated that although the company previously planned to use food waste, it has stated it would no longer be doing this.

The report added: “Since the site was acquired, a substantial amount of waste material has been brought onto site prior to any process being started.

“As a result, the local authority have been in receipt of a few odour complaints which have been investigated by Natural Resources Wales.

“If planning permission is granted, then the process would be controlled by a Natural Resources Permit. As such, all statutory nuisance functions for odour, noise and dust will pass to the NRW and the local authority will no longer be able to enforce against these.

“It is understood that should the process/operation be permitted by NRW, there should not be any fugitive emissions from the processing and storage of waste.”

The waste products imported onto the site would include timber, green waste, sawdust, wood waste products, carpet fibres, cardboard, paper and plastics.

There would be no new built development on site, with the whole operation taking place in the former Laybond and Bostick factory site.

The report added: “The proposal suggests there would be up to 40,000 tonnes per annum of residual waste from materials recycling facilities with 25,000 tonnes per annum of pure waste wood.”

The report added that currently, a large amount of waste was being stored outside which was giving rise to odour complaints but if planning permission was given, it would be stored inside.

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