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Incinerators: Merthyr Tydfil

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and (b) Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the effect on the UK Government's waste and sustainability strategy of the proposed construction of a 50MW, open grate, waste-to-energy incinerator near Merthyr Tydfil fuelled by non-recyclable waste and the likely effect of the importation of such fuel stock by sea to proposed receiving and transfer stations located at Welsh ports. (322323)

I have regular discussions with UK and Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on a range of issues including sustainability.

Both UK and Welsh Assembly Governments recognise that recovering energy from waste can play an important part in helping to meet Government commitments to tackle climate change, improve our energy security and create new business and job opportunities. Both Governments also recognise the need to take into account a range of factors when taking decisions on such proposals.

I understand the planning application for the proposed construction of an energy-from-waste incinerator at Merthyr Tydfil is being considered by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), who consider all applications in England and Wales where a plant has electrical capacity greater than 50MW. It would therefore be inappropriate for me to comment on this development further while it is in planning stages, except to say that the generation of energy from waste is highly desirable compared with depositing waste in landfill which is completely unsustainable

Notice of the application and details of the scoping exercise for the proposed project can be viewed at:

http://infrastructure.independent.gov.uk/?page_id=202