Firm set to appeal refusal of odorous landfill permit

A decision not to allow a waste management company to take over operation of a notorious landfill site in Newcastle upon Tyne is being appealed.

On Friday, the Environment Agency (EA) revealed that Midwest Solutions Ltd had called on the Planning Inspectorate to consider its appeal over Blaydon Quarry Landfill. The regulator, which adjudicates on environmental permitting disputes, is expected to make its decision early next year.

The decision was taken “because we felt the applicant could not demonstrate that they could comply with the permit,” said a statement from the EA. The transfer had been under consideration since November 2017 until it was refused earlier this year.

Meanwhile, 24 new landfill gas wells have been drilled and will be connected to an extraction system this week. The work should reduce odorous emissions, as should the capping of the penultimate cell on the site. An additional odour suppression system has been installed at the last, which is now being filled.

The site has been operated by Octagon Green Solutions since 2013, though it was blocked from receiving waste in February until it remedied odour issues related to leaving waste uncovered. The suspension was lifted a week later, after the firm re-profiled waste that was too steep and covered it appropriately.

The EA confirmed that it was launching a formal investigation into the site, which is close to housing, a year ago. A previous transfer request was refused in February 2018 and an enforcement notice served in 2016.

Former operator Premier Waste Management was fined £10,000, with £2,610 costs in 2010 for leaving waste exposed to the elements.

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