PA ap­proves con­struc­tion of in­dus­trial unit for re­cy­cling and treat­ment of elec­tri­cal waste

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

The Plan­ning Board yes­ter­day ap­proved a per­mit for the con­struc­tion of an in­dus­trial unit for the re­cy­cling and treat­ment of Waste Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic Equip­ment, at Ħal Far, in­dus­trial es­tate, Birżeb­buġa.

The site in ques­tion used to form part of the taxi­way/park and the for­mer Ħal Far air­field, cov­er­ing an area of 1,600 sqm, and is lo­cated near the east­ern boundary of the in­dus­trial es­tate. The site is cur­rently un­used, with its sur­face area cov­ered in con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste, and over­grown with veg­e­ta­tion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion also in­volves the re­moval of dumped ma­te­rial.

Some en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns were raised due to the lack of a base­line study re­gard­ing the con­tam­i­na­tion which al­ready ex­ists in the area, hence a non-ex­e­cutable per­mit was is­sued. The de­vel­op­ment ap­proval will only be­come ex­e­cutable once a method state­ment as to core sam­ples to be taken from the area is ap­proved by the ERA.

An ERA rep­re­sen­ta­tive ex­plained that through these sam­ples, one could es­tab­lish the con­tam­i­na­tion of the area, and that way, af­ter this de­vel­op­ment ceases oper­a­tion in the fu­ture, one can see whether any fur­ther con­tam­i­na­tion took place.

AD Deputy Chair­per­son Carmel Ca­co­pardo, who was on the board rep­re­sent­ing the lo­cal coun­cil, ob­jected to the size of the reser­voir that would be built as part of the obli­ga­tion to col­lect rain­wa­ter in paved ar­eas, in­sist­ing that it should be made larger. Chair­man Vince Cas­sar stated how­ever, that ap­pli­cants were only obliged to col­lect rain­wa­ter from roofs, and not the whole paved area.

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