Emissions from Energy-from-Waste Facilities
The Rookery South ERF has been designed in a way that emissions released from the stack are well within the strict requirements of EU and UK legislation. Modeling has been carried out of the dispersion of potential emissions, which shows that they will not have unacceptable effects on local air quality, health or nature conservation sites.
Public Health England advises that well run and regulated EfW facilities do not pose a significant threat to public health. They also state that the effects are likely to be so small that they would be undetectable. All EfW facilities in the UK are tightly regulated and must operate within the national and EU's requirements, set out in the Waste Incineration Directive (now covered by the Industrial Emissions Directive). The Environment Agency also carries out spot-checks to ensure that the monitoring equipment is operating correctly.
Controlling Air Emissions
Covanta strives to reduce emissions from our EfW facilities and keep these below the strict air emissions limits set by regulatory bodies that have been demonstrated to protect human health and the environment. We employ sophisticated technologies to achieve superior environmental performance and minimise our impact.
Did You Know?The Rookery South ERF will use state-of-the-art emissions controls, including what is known as a baghouse, to capture and control particulate matter. Operating like a very efficient vacuum cleaner, a baghouse removes and captures particulate matter from combustion gases by drawing air through thousands of filter bags. -