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Suez served with enforcement notice

The Environment Agency has served an enforcement notice on SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, Kirkby.

The company has an environmental permit to take up to 500,000 tonnes of waste on site a year. This waste is then sorted and the non-recycled rubbish is transferred by trains to outside Merseyside and converted into energy.

The Environment Agency considers that the following condition of the environmental permit are being contravened: “Emissions from the activities shall be free from odour at levels likely to cause pollution outside the site, as perceived by an authorised officer of the Environment Agency, unless the operator has used appropriate measures, including but not limited, to those specified in any approved odour management plan, to prevent or where that is not practicable to minimise odour.”

Therefore, under the enforcement notice, the Environment Agency is requiring the company to install a carbon filter scrubber system as an appropriate measure to prevent or minimise the odour.  

Simon Hurst, The Environment Agency’s environment manager for Merseyside, said: “The Environment Agency has been working with SUEZ giving them advice and guidance to help them to comply with their permit.

“Following complaints we have carried out three weeks of odour monitoring in the Kirkby area, and audited the site. The Environment Agency has now taken the decision to serve an enforcement notice because despite being given advice and guidance, the company remains non-compliant with the permit conditions.”

Simon Hurst went on to say: “We are serving this notice because the operator has failed to follow advice and guidance to comply with their permit.  We are therefore taking this action in line with our enforcement guidance.

“I would also like to reassure the public that the Environment Agency carry out regular inspections of all permitted sites in the area and take complaints seriously”.

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