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