Viridor - air pollution monitoring

MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With regard to your air quality responsibilities and your decision to approve the Viridor energy from waste incinerator in Beddington, what assurances can you give constituents that effective monitoring and measures will be in place to prevent a) any further air quality deterioration and b) keep emissions within legal limits?


Answer for Viridor - air pollution monitoring

Answer for Viridor - air pollution monitoring

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The decision to approve the Viridor energy from waste plant in Beddington was taken by Sutton Council as the local planning authority. My role was to assess compliance with the London Plan and whether to allow Sutton's decision to stand. Regarding your specific questions, the applicant's air quality report was initially assessed by the GLA's air quality consultant, the Environment Agency and the Council's consultant SKM, and as a result of feedback, the chimney stack was increased in height by 10 metres to 95 metres, and additional chemical treatment measures were introduced.  This has been found to result in reduced emissions of nitrogen dioxide to below the level specified in the EU Waste Incineration Directive.

The applicant is also required to fund the operation of an air quality monitoring station as part of its legal obligations. The Environment Agency accordingly has issued an Environmental Permit for the scheme.

London Borough of Sutton will be responsible for monitoring the facility's performance on air quality and ensuring the plant remains within legal limits is the responsibility of the Environment Agency.