Controversial Failed Incinerator Up For Sale

Neath Port Talbot Council has placed the controversial Crymlyn Burrows Incinerator up for sale. Notices (such as this one) have appeared on-line advertising the sale of the share capital of Neath Port Talbot (Recycling) Limited, the company that owns and operates the troubled plant.

Swansea Friends of the Earth, who warned against the building of the incinerator, see this as the council giving up on the project. Swansea FoE Chairman Roy Jones said:

The plant has always had a lot of problems and has never worked at full capacity.

The original company ceased trading, forcing the Council to take over.

The plant has experienced two fires, persistent problems with odours, and earlier this year was forced to close for a period by the Environment Agency because of problems with emissions of highly toxic dioxins. Less than a year ago the Environment Agency announced their intention to take legal action against the incinerator operators (see the BBC report).

Mr Jones added:

Local residents who have suffered the problems for years will now face the prospect of yet another outfit running the failing plant.

The background to this situation is available from the Swansea Friends of the earth website.

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