Earls Gate Energy Centre EfW application

Introduction

On 3 July 2017 SEPA received an application from Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited for an Energy from Waste plant at Earls Gate Park on Earls Road in Grangemouth. 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 25 July 2017 and came to a close on 24 August 2017. A further consultation will be undertaken by SEPA on any draft permit 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 Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited will have to provide it.

The determination process

  • Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited 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 was then a four week period for the public to make comments. This ended on which ended on 24 August 2017, however, representations can still be made to the contact address or email box detailed below.
  • The application has been 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.
  • For Energy from Waste Applications SEPA has a policy to make these publically available via our web-site (subject to file size restrictions).
  • If SEPA issues a notice requiring further information it has a duty to make available any further information submitted on 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 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, which may include a draft permit.
  • A longer period could be agreed with Earls Gate Energy Centre 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 publicised by SEPA through our Public Participation Directive Consultation page and consultation responses will be considered prior to finalising the determination.

Supporting documents

The 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 to the postal address below, or by emailing our Registry team at RegistryAngusSmith@sepa.org.uk.

Paper copies of the full application can be viewed at:

Registry
SEPA Angus Smith Building
6 Parklands Avenue
Eurocentral
Holytown
North Lanarkshire
ML1 4WQ

Tel: 01698 839000
Fax: 01698 738155

Permit application