Permission 'likely' for Talgarth digester

THE Environment Agency Wales says it is “likely to grant” an environmental permit to GP Biotec for a proposed anaerobic digestion waste treatment plant at Great Porthamel Farm, near Talgarth, Powys.

The on-farm development by the Jones family has been at the centre of considerable local protests for several years.

The draft decision follows an in-depth assessment which found that the plant will not harm people living nearby or the environment.

The agency says it has addressed issues raised by members of the public and consulted with Powys Teaching Health Board, Animal Health and Powys County Council before making its draft decision.

The announcement will now be followed by a period of further public consultation which closes on February 24.

This, says the agency, gives people an opportunity to check for any factual errors in its decision or to raise issues which have not previously been considered.

The agency is expected to make its final decision in March and the draft permit outlines how the facility is expected to meet the highest possible environmental standards that protect the local community and environment.

Environment Agency Wales officers will also enforce the strict conditions and operating standards in the permit for as long as the plant is operated.

Our draft decision means that, at this stage, we can see no reason why GP Biotec should not be given an environmental permit,” says Gareth O’Shea, Environment Agency Wales’ area manager for South East Wales.

“We have scrutinised the application rigorously over the last few months including a full consultation on any possible health or environmental issues.

“Detailed information from the company shows that plans are in place to operate this plant to the highest environmental standards.

“Over the next few weeks, we will undertake a last round of public consultation to ensure that the final decision has taken everything into account.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • I am very famiilar with the proposed faciilty at Great Porthamel and have advised the Jones family for some years on this matter. The public's concerns have been mainly about odours; on this point they will find the plant poses no problems. At a public meeting some while ago and at the public inquiry there was rigorous examination of the impact on the locality. It was clear to all concerned that the proposed plant would be a mighty improvement on the existing methods. It is to be hoped that this saga will soon conclude in favour of a greener future.

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