Decision Maker Response

Sir James Bevan’s response

Sir James Bevan
Chief Executive of Environment Agency

Oct 31, 2017 — Petition: No Environmental Permit for Covanta Incinerator in Rookery South Pit, Bedfordshire Petitioning Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and CEO Environment Agency

The Environment Agency’s job is to protect the environment while supporting sustainable growth.

We have received an application from Covanta Energy Limited for an Environmental Permit to operate an Energy from Waste incinerator at Rookery Pit, Stewartby. This application is in the second phase of consultation until 7 November 2017 and comments about it can be made at the following link:

We will only issue a permit if we are satisfied that the plant will be designed, built, operated and maintained to meet legal environmental standards (the Industrial Emissions Directive) and the conditions of the environmental permit (the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016). The plant must meet, or go beyond, best available techniques and emission standards, and human health and the environment must be protected.

If the Environment Agency does decide to issue a permit, it will include conditions to ensure the good management of the site, limit the level of any pollutants that can be released, and specify the monitoring and other requirements necessary. The Environment Agency will also conduct site visits and inspections to ensure that these conditions are respected.


Sir James Bevan KCMG
Chief Executive, Environment Agency