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Development Consent Order Granted

We would like to confirm that on 11 July 2013 the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, granted the Development Consent Order at East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF).

The Development Consent Order will enable us to continue to provide a nationally important facility for the safe, secure and well regulated treatment and disposal of wastes that require specialist handling.

We would like to reassure the local community of our commitment to achieving high standards of regulatory compliance through the application of good management practices.

Our application for the DCO was considered as the first hazardous waste scheme to be brought forward as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. In his concluding statement, the Secretary of State said that “there is a compelling case for authorising the ENRMF scheme, particularly given the significant continuing level of demand for hazardous waste landfill capacity and the requirement for low level radioactive waste landfill facilities”.

As well as providing a location for the disposal of hazardous wastes like asbestos or residues from recovery or treatment operations, the site will continue to provide an innovative soil recycling and treatment facility which has served national projects such as the Olympics and Cross Rail.

The Secretary of State felt that there would be a significant gap in the availability of soil treatment capacity if the development at ENRMF did not go ahead. This type of facility is being promoted through the new National Policy Statement on Hazardous Waste, which encourages greater amounts of hazardous wastes to be recovered, recycled or reused with only wastes that are not suitable for further treatment consigned to landfill.

The site will continue to provide for the disposal of low level radioactive wastes (LLW) in accordance with national policy on the disposal of LLW. The Secretary of State agreed with the Planning Inspectorate’s conclusion that ENRMF would contribute to meeting the continued need for LLW landfill disposal facilities.

We will continue to take an active part in the life in the local area, acting as a good neighbour; whether that is participating in a local community liaison group, funding community projects through the company’s various Community Funds, providing information about site operations, making available monitoring data, or allowing public access to view the site on open days and by appointment.


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