Jane Hutt hails a breakthrough with the Future Generations Commissioner decision to review Environmental Permitting In Wales. The Commissioner, Sophie Howe, has written to Natural Resources Wales to ask them to demonstrate how the Well-being of Future Generations Act is being applied during the environmental permitting process.
The announcement yesterday from the Future Generations Commissioner raises major questions about the NRW approval of the Barry BIOMASS incinerator. Jane will be asking questions to the Environment Minster on Wednesday 14th February in the debating chamber.
“I am pleased the Future Generations Commissioner is considering how Environmental Permits are granted in Wales by Natural Resources Wales. This will be welcomed by the residents of Barry and the Vale who feel that their concerns and evidence on public health and environmental impact of the Barry Biomass Incinerator have been ignored in the granting of a Permit.
I met with the Future Generations Commission last November to raise my concerns about the proposed Environmental Permit for the Biomass Plant on Barry Docks. My representations and the evidence provided by DIAG to the Future Generations Commissioner have had a direct impact alongside other permitting proposal concerns in Wales.