Environmental Permitting Process

2nd Consultation – The Stats

  • The Environment Agency took 147 days to produce a report in response to Resident’s Concerns
  • The Environment Agency gave 9 days notice regarding the drop-in event
  • The Environment Agency is giving 43 days for residents and interested parties to read, understand, consult with others and respond to the 2nd Consultation

21st September 2017

The Environment Agency held a drop-in day yesterday at the Forest Centre.  The Environment Agency registered 383 residents attended the session which was ‘conveniently’ timed for a weekday afternoon. BACI members and volunteers were available outside the event to answer questions and take a survey to find out how effective the drop-in session was to local residents.

15th September 2017

BACI releases press release regarding the approach of the Environment Agency to this 2nd Consultation and drop-in session and documentation issued regarding the 1st Consultation

11th September 2017

BACI has been informed by the Environment Agency today that they are still proceeding with Covanta’s application and the second consultation on the draft permit is open now until 23rd October.

The EA have also given 9 days notice that they will conduct a public drop-in session next Wednesday 20th September at the Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine 1pm – 7pm.

The draft permit and the draft decision document can be viewed at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/mk43-9ly-covanta-energy-limited-1

The Environment Agency has confirmed that anyone who responded to the first consultation – either via online or email – will receive an email detailing the second consultation.  If you are a respondent and have not received a notification email – please let us know.

Please note – you do not have to have responded to the first consultation in order to submit comments to the second consultation.

The Environment Agency also stated that they would not be able to fund any advertising for the 2nd Consultation and presumably the drop-in session.

The documents have only just been released – and BACI members will be reviewing these documents to ensure – firstly – that all comments have been taken into account and then secondly – that they have been addressed by the EA.


April 2017

2,000 Total Submissions to the Environment Agency for the 1st Consultation

The Environment Agency has notified us that the total number of submissions received for the environmental permit stands at 2,000 – which is unprecedented for any waste facility.  BACI learned that previously only consultations involving fracking had come anywhere near this number.

The 2,000 includes the 1584 submissions that are available to view online at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/mk43-9ly-covanta-energy-limited/consultation/published_select_respondent – as well as those who used the online system but did not want to be published and those who submitted comments via email and post.

This number is nearly twice the number of submissions that were considered at the planning stage of around 1,000.