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Anaerobic plant wins approval

Environmental officials say they have set the highest possible standards for a proposed mini-power plant fuelled by animal and food waste in Anglesey.

The Environment Agency Wales today granted Anglesey EcoParc Mon a permit for its anaerobic digestion plant at Mona.

Bosses vowed to make sure the facility will conform to strict standards to protect local communities and nature spots.

David Edwell, Environment Agency Wales’ area manager for North Wales, said: “I can confirm we have granted an environmental permit for Anglesey EcoParc Mon to operate an anaerobic digestion plant.

“A rigorous assessment over the last few months shows plans are in place to operate this plant to the highest environmental standards.”

The final decision follows the agency’s announcement in April that “it was likely” to give the facility the go-ahead.

The plant will break down waste and other material to produce liquid and solid fertiliser and a gas that will be used to generate electricity.

If it is built, emission limits and operating standards will enforced throughout the plant’s lifetime.

An Environment Agency Wales spokesman added it had consulted with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Animal Health, Anglesey Council, the RAF and local people during its decision making process.

The environmental permit will regulate the impact of the plant on the environment, but does not cover issues such as traffic, visual impact or operating hours.

These factors were considered as part of the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s planning permission process, which was granted in 2009.