Biomass plant ‘potentially breached’ EIA requirement

The Welsh government has admitted that granting planning permission for a small power station in Barry fired on waste wood in may have been in breach of the law.

The plant, which when operational will process up to 86,400 tonnes a year of waste wood to produce 10 megawatts of electricity, gained consent in 2015. It secured an environmental permit under its technical name Biomass UK No.2 from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in February last year.

However, no environmental impact assessment (EIA) was carried out, despite calls from politicians and local pressure group the Docks Incinerator Action Group (DIAG).

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