Minister “must give timescale” on EIA

The Welsh Government must provide residents with details of when an Environmental Impact Assessment will be carried out on the controversial incinerator at Barry Docks – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.

In February – Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn told Assembly Members she was “minded to” insist that an EIA be carried out before an environmental permit would be granted.

But residents have complained this does not appear to be forthcoming – with concerns it may now not go ahead.

Yesterday in the Senedd – Mr Davies asked Ms Blythyn to provide a timeline of when a final decision would be made – pointing to significant cross-party support.

In response – Ms Blythyn said the Welsh Government “do not intend to set deadline” – a decision Mr Davies described as “regrettable”.

Mr Davies said, “Barry residents are rightly concerned about the potentially damaging impacts this incinerator may have on the environment.

“Just last week – we were told the operators expect to be running by Christmas – yet Ministers are yet to make good on their promise to insist on an EIA.

“It’s vital this is carried out sooner rather than later – so a timescale on a final decision must be provided.

“Months have passed since the Minister’s previous comments – and it is not unreasonable to expect progress.

“Residents will be disappointed with Welsh Labour dithering on such an important issue.”

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