03 Jan Environment Agency Issues Rivenhall IWMF Draft Modified Environmental Permit January 2020
The Environment Agency announced on January 2nd that it has issued a new Draft Environmental Permit for the proposed operation of the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) at Rivenhall Airfield. The consolidated Permit incorporates variations that will authorise operations entirely consistent with the IWMF planning permission. The Environment Agency will now be holding a Public Consultation on their proposed decision.
The purpose of the permitting process is to protect the environment so that statutory and Government policy environmental targets and outcomes are achieved. The Rivenhall facility, set to be built in the footprint of a quarry on a former airfield, will play an important role in the circular economy. It will divert waste from landfill, recover valuable materials from waste and produce electricity for export to the grid. By incorporating a 49 MW Energy from Waste facility, the proposed Rivenhall IWMF will work alongside recycling efforts made by the local community to benefit the facility’s surrounding area while supplying enough electricity to power over 60,000 homes, equivalent to a town the size of Braintree.
Full details of the current environmental permit application and the draft permit can be found on the following website www.wrren.co.uk.
Indaver and Gent Fairhead & Co Limited (GFC) are working together on the final developmental stages of the proposed IWMF facility. GFC owns the Rivenhall Airfield site and Indaver operates waste recovery and treatment facilities at more than 30 locations across Europe.