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Drumgray Energy Recovery Centre EfW application


On 31 October 2019 SEPA received an application from FCC Recycling (UK) Limited for an Energy from Waste (EFW) Facility – Drumgray Energy Recovery Centre at Meikle Drumgray Road, Greengairs, Airdrie, ML6 7TD. This activity would be regulated under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (commonly known as PPC).

The initial four week public consultation on the application started on 20 December 2019. A further consultation will be undertaken by SEPA on any draft permit variation to operate the facility. The full determination process, including the next steps, is set out below.

SEPA’s role

SEPA is the public body tasked with protecting and reporting on the state of the environment of Scotland. We do this by regulating activities that can cause pollution, by monitoring the quality of Scotland’s air, land and water and by working to enable those we regulate to comply with the legislation.

SEPA has examined the application documents received and is content that there is sufficient information to begin the determination process. If further information is required to complete the process, FCC Recycling (UK) Limited will have to provide it.

The determination process

  • FCC Recycling (UK) Limited has placed adverts in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser and the Edinburgh Gazette. These let the public know that an application has been submitted, where it can be viewed and where they can send relevant comments they would like SEPA to consider.
  • There is a four week period, ending on 10 January 2020, for the public to make comments. Representations out with this period can still be made to the contact address or email box detailed below.
  • The application will be sent, by SEPA, to statutory consultees, including the Health Board, Local Authority, Food Standards Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • SEPA has a legal duty to take regard of comments made during the formal 28 day consultation period. SEPA may consider representations made out with the consultation period.
  • If SEPA issues a notice requiring further information, it has a duty to make available any further information submitted onto the Public Register and will, in addition, update its website. Although in this application SEPA will consider any relevant representations made by the public about any further information submitted, it will not hold any further formal consultation until it has prepared a draft decision (see below).
  • Written representations will be placed on the Public Register unless people advised in writing, at the same time as they made the representation, that they wished it to be kept from the Register.
  • SEPA has summary information for this application available via the link below.
  • For Energy from Waste applications, SEPA has a policy to make these publically available via our web-site however, due to file size restrictions please contact our Registry team (as per details below).
    • SEPA has four months from the application date to consider the information in the application and any additional information provided during the consultation process. We will then produce a draft decision document, which may include a draft permit.
    • A Longerperiod could be agreed with FCC Recycling (UK) Limited, and if additional information is required to complete the decision process the determination time would automatically be extended.
    • Having reviewed the application, SEPA’s draft decision (including any draft permit or draft refusal notice) will follow a further period of public consultation. This will be published by SEPA through our Public Participation Directive Consultation page and consultation responses will be considered prior to finalising the determination.

Supporting documents

The permit application non-technical summary is available below. Electronic copies of the full application are available on disc and can be requested using our online contact form. Due to the size of the full application it cannot be forwarded via email.

Permit application