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Wrights Pit North 'Contingency Plan' for sludge pellets 11 October 2007

The Department would like to clarify that a proposal for sludge pellets from the Meary Veg Treatment Plant to be disposed of at Wrights Pit North is a contingency plan only.

The Waste Operations Management Unit of the Department of Local Government and the Environment has applied for the licence at Wrights Pit North to be amended to allow for 400 tonnes of sludge pellets per year to be disposed of there.

However, despite media reports to the contrary, this is a contingency plan only in the event that the option of disposal to farmland or the Energy From Waste Plant isn’t available.

Peter Winstanley, Director of Drainage, explained:

‘The sludge pellets go through a pasteurising/drying process, which removes 99.9999% of the pathogens, and they are used as a soil conditioner.
‘It is unlikely that the contingency disposal route will ever be required, but if it is, there should be very little or no impact on the marine environment from any leachate from the pellets.’

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