ReChem plans replacement incinerators at Pontypool

ReChem International has announced plans to replace its ageing static hearth incinerator at Pontypool in south Wales with a combined rotary kiln and static hearth unit. The company's application for the plant may have a rough ride if an imminent official report confirms last year's findings of PCB contamination around the works.

ReChem's announcement follows a warning by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) in its last annual report that the existing Pontypool unit was "unlikely to meet the requirement imposed by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to use best available techniques." An application for authorisation under integrated pollution control (IPC) was due in from ReChem by 31 October.

A spokesman insisted that the decision to build a new incinerator had

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