Mor Hafren: Energy Recovery Facility

Received 30 November 2020
From David Lee Birch


I am writing as i strongly oppose the Mor Hafren Bio powerplant planning application.
The Welsh Government has stated that they support the transition to a zero carbon economy. We have large LED signs on our motorways constantly reminding us and stating that Pollution Kills. But then i see an application for a Huge emitter of Co2 to be built in the capital of Wales ( Cardiff ), and they wish to build their structure just 3 miles distance from an already active Incinerator. This Incinerator using 30 year old technology in modern Cardiff, producing unnecessarily high levels of pollution, and also the fact that Cardiff has declared a Carbon climate emergency, this all must be abrasive to the Welsh Governments aim and direction.

The transportation of waste to and from that site will bring much more congestion and pollution to an already highly congested road which does not have the infrastructure in place to support such traffic.

Living locally to this site, i am very disturbed at the thought of having to breath the air around this area, not to mention all of the many families with children that will be forced to breath in Dioxins and PCB's just because they live and school in the area. This incinerator is being shown to produce 32% of the daily tolerable intake of these toxins, adding even more to the already high levels.

The visual impact of this proposed building is over 3 times larger than the Aldi distribution centre. I understand that Aldi had been given special permission for the Aldi buildings excessive height. There is no hiding this proposed building on such flat levels such as this site. The Incinerator just 3 miles from Mor Hafrens proposed site has been built in such a way that its sheer size and mass is camouflaged, This Mor Hafren proposed site has no such surroundings to aid in disguising its enormity.

The biodiversity and ecosystem of the surrounding Wentlooge levels area will be effected by this incinerator. There has been much support from the Living levels project over the years, and we are seeing increased sightings of Once rare species, such as one of UK's rarest bee's, the Shrill Carder bee. My wife and i have seen an Otter in the Reen that runs parallel to the proposed Mor Hafren site, which is a distance of not more than 300 metres away. The Swan population is ever increasing now, not to mention all the nesting and migratory birds that use this area along with a whole host of rarer insects and small mammals that are increasingly spotted in our area.

David Lee Birch