Environment Agency successfully revokes a West Yorkshire firm’s waste license
A West Yorkshire waste company has lost its waste license following an investigation by the Environment Agency, which found the firm was in breach of a number of environmental regulations.
Noble Waste Treatment Ltd (NWT) was issued a notice by the Environment Agency (EA) in October 2015 following a number of permit breaches which did not meet with the EA’s strict environmental standards. The notice informed the waste firm that its license would be revoked due to these continued breaches.
The owners of Noble Waste Treatment, situated in Thornes Lane Wharf, in Wakefield, appealed the EA’s decision and the issue went before the Planning Inspectorate last week, where the judging panel decided in favour of the EA.
NWT now has until September 22 this year to remove the mass of waste which is currently sitting at its Thornes Lane Wharf site.
In front of the Planning Inspectorate panel, NWT argued that “large volumes” of waste had already been allowed to build up at the site when it was acquired by NWT in 2012.
The Planning Inspectorate agreed that NWT had carried out a satisfactory amount of waste removal since January 2015, but this was not enough to overturn the EA’s decision to revoke its license.
According to the EA, the previous company operating at Thornes Lane Wharf had continually failed “to comply with the conditions of its permit, and it has failed to respond to advice, guidance and enforcement action taken against it”.
NWT accepted the Planning Inspectorate’s decision and said it would continue its clean up process up until September 22 but that it would look for “answers from the EA regarding why the site was permitted to operate in a non-compliant manner” before it was acquired by NWT itself.
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