Over a hundred letters from local residents calling on the Welsh Government to stop the controversial Barry incinerator have been presented to Assembly Members.
Natural Resources Wales are currently undertaking a public consultation – before deciding whether to grant the plant an Environmental Permit.
Legislation governing the permits allows Ministers to intervene and “direct” NRW to reject the application – giving them an effective veto.
Residents are keen for the Welsh Government to do so – and the letters – addressed to First Minister Carwyn Jones – call on him to intervene.
A cross-party group of politicians turned up to meet Docks Incinerator Action Group – DIAG campaigners to collect the letters.
These included South Wales Central AMs Andrew RT Davies and Neil McEvoy, Vale AM Jane Hutt and Vale of Glamorgan councillors Nic Hodges and Vincent Bailey.
Mr Davies said, “I have been vociferous in my calls for the Welsh Government to step in and refuse the incinerator an Environmental Permit – and it is very pleasing so many residents think likewise.
“While the Cabinet Secretary has turned down my initial request – I hope the strength of feeling will cause her to think again.
“It was great to have representatives from a range of parties present – demonstrating the widespread opposition.
“It’s quite clear the incinerator will be very damaging but now it is down to the Welsh Government to stop it.
“I would urge people to continue to make representations to NRW and the Welsh Government – before the consultation closes on January 22nd.”