THE company behind the £800 million ‘Deeside burner’ incinerator will submit a planning application for the contentious project within weeks.
Bosses from American company Wheelabrator Technologies Inc (WTI) have confirmed they will put in plans for the giant waste treatment plant to Flintshire Council by the end of August.
The proposed plant, which would be built on a former steelworks site on Deeside Industrial Park, would burn up to 200,000 tonnes of waste a year.
Non-recyclable rubbish would be brought in from across North Wales to be burnt there, creating energy from the waste.
The plans have sparked controversy on a number of fronts.
Some people in Deeside have voiced fears about the noise and health effects of having the waste burner on their doorsteps, while Flintshire Council’s Labour-led administration has said its hands are tied over the project by decisions made by the previous administration.
Council leader Aaron Shotton has said pulling out of the council partnership steering the scheme could leave Flintshire Council with costs of up to £71m.
The plant, which will be called Parc Adfer if it comes to fruition, is another step closer after WTI’s application announcement.
WTI Parc Adfer project manager Phil Short said: “Our intention is to submit a planning application towards the end of this month.”
Reacting to the news, county councillor Paul Shotton said: “My concerns have always been with the air quality standards and we understand they would be above the guideline quality.
“This is still concerning to the community of Connah’s Quay.”
Cllr Pete Tinman added: “I’m still dead against it. I don’t want it here.
“I don’t like the way it’s gone through. No Connah’s Quay councillors have voted for it.”
The huge burner has been pushed by the Welsh Government in a bid to help meet country-wide landfill targets.
Resident of Burton, Wirral, fear emissions could affect them as well.
Chairman of the Burton Residents Association, Michael Redmond, said: “We are concerned and have raised a number of issues with WTI.
“Our fears are that it will add to the degree of noise and pollution in the area from existing chimneys.
“We are awaiting replies.”
The proposed facility would generate enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes and could also create heat or steam to be piped to nearby users.
About 300 jobs would be created during the construction phase and about 35 full-time jobs once the facility is operational by September 2018.
WTI put forward the proposals following its appointment as preferred bidder by the North Wales Waste Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP), a partnership between five local authorities – with Flintshire Council as the lead authority.
The incinerator will burn non-recyclable waste over the next 25 years from five counties across North Wales –- Flintshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and Isle of Anglesey.