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Public consultation has begun on the Environment Agency’s draft decision to issue an environmental permit for an energy from waste plant at Kemsley.

The energy to waste plant would form part of the DS Smith Paper Mill site, formerly St Regis Paper Mill.

The plant needs a permit from the Environment Agency which would, if granted, ensure the installation operates without causing harm to the environment and human health.

Residents will be able to find out more about the draft permit at drop-in sessions that will take place at Kemsley Village Hall (details below).

The planned facility (operated by E.On Energy from Waste UK Ltd) will incinerate up to 550,000 tonnes per year of non-hazardous waste, including municipal waste and treated commercial and industrial waste. Electricity will be generated for export to the national grid and steam will be supplied to Kemsley Paper Mill.

Environment Manager Alan Cansdale said: “An environmental permit sets out stringent conditions that a plant must adhere to. We will not issue an environmental permit for any industrial site if we consider it will cause significant pollution to the environment or harm human health. Giving people the chance to come and speak to us and find out more information is a vital part of our consultation process ”

The meeting details are as follows:
Venue: Kemsley Village Hall Kemsley Sittingbourne ME10 2SL
Dates: Thursdays 7th and 14th July 2011
Time: 2.30-8.00pm
Note that these dates are in the What's On Calendar and will appear in the What's On 7 Days on the home page in the week before each one to serve as a reminder.

The draft permit and decision document is also available to view, and comment on at the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

For more information, or to confirm attendance, please contact Alan Dengate at the Environment Agency on 01732 22 3203 or alan.dengate@environment-agency.gov.uk.