Plans for a energy from waste facility in Leeds have been given a boost after the Environment Agency said it was minded to grant an environmental permit.
Veolia Environmental Services plans to build a facility to treat 214,000 tonnes of residual waste from Leeds on Cross Green Industrial Estate.
The facility was granted planning permission on 3 April and is part of the 25-year PFI contract Veolia has signed with Leeds City Council.
Now the Environment Agency is involved in a final consultation ahead of granting the environmental permit for the facility. The consultation closes at the end of May.
Environment Agency environment manager for West Yorkshire Catherine Saxon said: “We have carried out a thorough assessment of the application and we have consulted widely, receiving comments from other organisations, including Public Health England and NHS Leeds.
“Following this assessment and comments from health experts, we are confident the facility will not harm the environment or human health.
“Although we have reached the stage where we are considering issuing a permit, our decision is not final and this last stage of consultation will give everybody the chance to see what the permit may look like and to raise any additional concerns before we make a final decision.”