It’s understood that the new Biomass incinerator will be burning thousands of wooden pallets

The Welsh Labour Government is continuing to delay, obfuscate and prevaricate on whether to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment on the controversial new waste incinerator now in operation at Barry Docks.

The incinerator was built in the teeth of opposition from the overwhelming majority of Barry residents – and was forced through by Labour politicians against the wishes of the Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The forecast on Plume Plotter of what’s coming Penarth’s way when the plant is fully up and runnng

Computer projections show that the smoke plume of effluent from the incinerator  could affect Penarth in prevailing winds.

Welsh Labour Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn still hasn’t followed-up on the statement she made 8 months ago

Eight months ago  the Welsh Labour Government’s  little-known Environment Minister – Hannah Blythyn – had told the Welsh Assembly she was “minded to” require that an Environmental Impact Assessment  (EIA) be carried out … but since then there has been silence from Ms Blythyn  – and no action from her department.

[Hannah Blythyn’s official Welsh Assembly profile declares she is “the first openly lesbian woman to be elected to the National Assembly for Wales” . Her background is that of a former student politician and a former Unite union official. In 2016 she was named as one of the 40 most influential LGBT people in Wales. ]

Penarth AM and Conservative Assembly Leader Andrew R T Davies with Barry residents campaigning against the incinerator . The fumes from the plant will affect Penarth too

Now Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies has told the Welsh Labour Government that it MUST  make a decision on an Environmental Impact Assessment on the incinerator at Barry Docks .

Mr Davies says it’s “unacceptable” that 8 months have now passed without a decision – and pressed home the issue in questions to First Minister Carwyn Jones.

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones

The bearded Carwyn Jones – looking ever more like someone who’s been kept hostage without recourse to basic toiletries and a razor – said his minister would be making a decision “shortly” and that he  would be writing to Andrew R T Davies to tell him when that would be.

Mr Davies is not satisfied with that delaying tactic. He says “Residents of Barry and indeed the wider Vale are very concerned about the incinerator – and I congratulated the Minister when she announced she was minded to insist an EIA be carried out. But it has now been over 8 months since she made that statement – and we are still waiting for a decision.”

Mr Davies says “This is unacceptable – and the Welsh Government must not backtrack. A decision must be made – the Vale cannot be ignored any longer.”


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  1. Ruby says:

    First sea pollution from dumping and now air pollution ! In such a small distance. What a bleak inheritance for future generations. ! What are our ministers thinking ? Whilst the public are coerced to recycle, keep our beaches clean etc Who benefits / profits at our expense?Is it not also the duty of our assembly to protect our environment ..????

  2. Pip says:

    I often find that my car is covered in a fine dust first thing in the morning. I am also athsmatic and wheeze / have a tight chest far more often than when I didn’t live in the area. Surely common sense would dictate that you don’t construct an incinerator near residential areas. WAG really are hopeless.

  3. Ocobblepot says:

    What is the point of these people …… I don`t see any.

  4. graham vodden says:

    Should never have been built. Scrap it now before its too late .

  5. Scootergirl says:

    Well what a surprise
    These labour ministers/councillors are all ditherers and are not fit for the jobs that they have been elected to do.
    They are not giving their local areas a second thought.

  6. Lord of the Bay says:

    Like Gething, she seems to be another politician who has been promoted too fast and too soon, and is now out of their depth running a department which affects the lives of six million people. In most other walks of life you would need either special training or years of experience before being put in such a position. Both of them have spent their whole life in the political sphere – they have no “hinterland” which would help them to make well-informed decisions.

    On a different note, I don’t see how her sexuality has any relevance to this particular issue or her general competence.

    • Sarah says:

      All you say is spot on.

    • Harry Parfitt says:

      In other walks of life you would require special training or years of experience. Perhaps you can enlighten us on how many Westminster ministers have the requisite training or experience needed to equip them for their roles.

    • PB says:

      Lind, 10 years in total from training to quitting to become an am. Effectively a part time solicitor too splitting his time between councillor, the TUC and an am at the same time. Specialised in employment law, no surprise given he worked for a union. Completely no background in any of the positions he has held as an am. Went into politics at 17 and followed the same route so many do, get a law degree to get a professional tick on the cv and then onto the gravy train. “Well respected lawyer”? Really, who by? Any big cases anyone would know of?

  7. Peter Church says:

    Why are they burning thousands of wooden pallets, can they not be reused?
    Or are the pallets made to be burned and count as “sustainable” biomass!
    Beggars belief

    • snoggerdog says:

      drax (power station ) uses 13,000 tonnes of woodchip (wooden pellets) not pallets a year imported from north america so expect barry to import also.

      • Timothy Hughes says:

        I think there are a couple of noughts missing in your figure. Drax is the largest station in the UK with chimneys designed to throw the waste all the way to Scandinavia.

      • Peter Church says:

        14,000 tonnes was only the biomass trial in 2004.
        Currently 4 out of the 6 units burn biomass.
        But the plans are to convert all six unit to biomass.
        Each unit will consume about 2.3 million tonnes of biomass yearly
        This would equate to 13,800,000,000 Kgs of wood pellets per year for Drax !!

      • snoggerdog says:

        you is right young tim make it 130,000tonnes

      • Timothy Hughes says:

        Not actually that young, I spent 2 summers working on the construction of Drax one of them at the top of the chimney, now that is a view.

  8. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Actually it was forced through by both the Conservative and Labour parties as they both voted the planning permission through while Mr RT Davies. Alun Cairns and Jane Hutt all tut tutted from the sidelines as their respective party county councillors gave the go ahead.

  9. Lesley says:

    Didn’t realise Carwyn was entering a fashion competition. He’s a politician not a model

  10. Andrew Worsley says:

    Lets see , chemical works on the outskirts of Barry , been there for years, radioactive mud now being dumped a mile from shore near Penarth , incinerator now in operation in Barry with prevailing winds sending smoke etc towards Penarth and also at other times to Barry . Yep no wonder people are flocking to live in South Wales , forget Southern England or any other other desirable location , come to Penarth and enjoy a slow death courtesy of big business and the Council.

  11. snoggerdog says:

    there is also an incinerator in cardiff ,right behind alexandria dock,when i look out of the window every morning i look at the barrage sleeve and the incinerator smoke. hope this is not too exciting for some of you younger folk

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