Welsh Government can stop incinerator says AM

The Welsh Government should exercise its powers to stop the Barry Incinerator, South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.

The plant is currently under construction after receiving planning permission from the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2015 – but is yet to receive an Environmental Permit from Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

Without one – Biomass UK No.2 LTD will not be licenced to operate.

While NRW are responsible for the deciding the application – the regulations governing it give Welsh Government Ministers a power to direct them.

If a direction is given, NRW must comply with it – effectively giving the Minister a veto over the application.

Mr Davies recently met with members of the Docks Incinerator Action Group – DIAG – led by Dennis Clarke.

Mr Davies said, “People from across Barry and beyond are rightly concerned by the impacts the incinerator will have on the town.

“It may be under construction – but it does not yet have a permit to operate – and the Cabinet Secretary has the power to stop it being granted.

“I’ve therefore written to her – asking her to intervene – and use her powers to put a stop to this damaging project.”

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