Waste plant firm is due before court

Farington Waste Technology Park in Leyland
Farington Waste Technology Park in Leyland

Global Renewables is due to appear in court accused by the Environment Agency of ‘failing to comply with environmental permit conditions’ in relation to odours coming from the Farington Waste Technology Park in Leyland.

The firm is set to plea at Preston Crown Court next month charged with seven separate offences.

The first is for failing to comply with an environmental permit condition ‘in that emissions from the activities were not free from odour at levels likely to cause pollution outside the site, as perceived by an authorised officer of the Environment Agency.’

The second charge the company is accused of is ‘failing to operate activities using the techniques and in the matter described in the documentation specified in Schedule 1’, namely by failing to monitor the pressure drop at the biofilters continuously, and daily, failing to monitor the pressure drop across the ‘scrubbers’, failing to add sulphuric acid to the ‘scrubbers’, failing to check the temperature of air at the bed inlets of the biofilters daily, and failing to monitor the humidity of air entering the biofilter continuously.

Three offences relate to failing to notify the Environment Agency without delay, following the detection of an emission of a substance not controlled by an emission limit, which may cause significant pollution, namely odour emissions.

Two other charges relate to failing to notify the Environment Agency without delay following the detection of a malfunction, breakdown or failure of equipment or techniques, which may cause pollution.

These are identified as being that the ‘scrubbers’ had become fouled, and the biofilters required remediating.

The company is due in court on April 24.