Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies has called for the Welsh Labour Government to use its powers to halt the development of the huge waste incinerator currently under construction at Barry Docks.
It’s being forecast that with prevailing winds from the South West, the pollution plume from the chimney’s of the incinerator will reach Penarth.
Mr Davies, who is MP for South Wales Central, and the leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly has pointed out that the plant has not yet received an Environmental Permit from the environmental watchdog body Natural Resources Wales (NRW). He says that the regulations give Welsh Government Ministers the power – if they choose to use it – to direct the NRW not to issue a licence.
The NRW, Mr Davies says, would have no choice other than to comply with the Cardiff Bay ruling – effectively giving Labour ministers a veto on the whole scheme.
Mr Davies had written yesterday to the “Welsh Cabinet Secretary for the Environment” – Lesley Griffiths – asking her to intervene. [Leslie Griffiths is the Labour minister who is also behind the scheme to dump 300,000 tonnes of radioactive mud off the Penarth foreshore] .
Tonight however Mr Davies finds that Lesley Griffiths – who had made some ill-judged statements about the radioactive mud scheme – has now had her Environmental brief taken off her.
The First Minister Carwyn Jones has today given the brief on Environmental Affairs to Hannah Blythyn who is appointed as “Minister for Environment”
The text of the Conservative leader’s original letter written yesterday to Ms Griffiths ( reproduced below) will now have to be re-written and addressed to Ms Blythyn