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Dundee EfW CHP Facility

Introduction

On 10 April 2020 SEPA received an application to vary their permit from MVV Environment Baldovie Limited (MEB) to continue to operate  their existing energy from waste (EFW) facility at Forties Road, Dundee, which provides power to the National Grid, in parallel with the new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) EFW plant which potentially provides both heat and power to third parties as well as power to the National Grid. This activity is regulated under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (commonly known as PPC). The current permit covers both facilities, however it does not allow for both plants to operate at the same time, as the new plant was intended as a replacement EFW plant. Due to potential improvements in operations and availability at the facility and a potential shortfall in capacity for disposal in Scotland in the short term, MEB has applied to continue to operate the two facilities in parallel for up to 10 years.

The initial four week public consultation on the application starts 01 May 2020.  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, MEB will have to provide it.

The determination process

  • MEB has placed adverts in the relevant local newspaper(s) 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 29 May 2020, for the public to make comments. Representations out with
    this period can still be made to the email address detailed below.
  • The application will be sent, by SEPA, to statutory consultees, including the Health Board, Local Authority, Food Standards Agency, Scottish Water 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 for a substantial variation 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 substantial variation 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 substantial variation 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 longer period could be agreed with MEB, 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 variation 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 substantial variation application is available below. Electronic copies of the full application are available on disc and can be requested from our Registry team. Due to the size of the full application it cannot be forwarded via email.

Written representations can be made by emailing our Registry team at RegistryAberdeen@sepa.org.uk.

 

Permit application