* UPDATE – Great news! In February 2016 the planning application was refused and the permit application was withdrawn! *
(This article will remain for information purposes)
A pyrolysis plant is proposed and undergoing the planning application process for the lovely village of Cwmgwili just off the A48 in between Pont Abraham services and Cross Hands. This will have an adverse effect on the plentiful wildlife, nearby farms and woodlands (some classed as ancient) in the area and residents are very concerned over the potential pollution including noise and health implications of having this plant in their neighbourhood.
It will also have a massive impact on the road infrastructure, as it is claimed that over 150,000 tonnes of waste will need to be imported into the area each year to effectively run the plant. As anyone who travels to the west of our beautiful country knows, these roads are already heavily burdened by travellers and holidaymakers.
Pyrolysis plants process waste by incinerating and converting the energy created into gas. The industry claim they are safe and the incinerator is a sealed unit so there is little pollution. However residents who live near pants in other countries have reported much environmental impact including noise and smells, and more worryingly a marked increase in health problems including cancer. Environmental groups have claimed harmful dioxins are released into the environment during the pyrolysis process and the environmental impacts, including the increase of heavy traffic to and from the plant, will negate any positive environmental gain from energy created. There are many questions and concerns raised to the safety and efficacy of these plants and our country is effectively being used as a guinea pig.
Please look at the following link for more information. If you, too, are concerned please show your support by adding your objection to the planning application, signing the e-petition and maybe even become involved with the campaign which has support from many political figures. Also please spread the word! Thank you for your time in reading this.