Information about the Enviropower energy from waste plant in Lancing, West Sussex. Updated on 17 August 2012.
Enviropower is a plant that generates energy from waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill. It is accredited by Ofgem as a green electricity generator.
Members of the local community in Lancing, West Sussex, complained about intrusive noise coming from the site in 2009. The noise was a low-pitch whine and was most noticeable at night.
We worked with Adur District Council and the site operator, Enviropower, to identify the source and help resolve the matter. We completed a comprehensive audit at the site in July 2011. This looked in detail at the noise controls in the environmental permit as well as other, related permit conditions.
We found that the noise condition in the permit repeated the planning condition controls. So we decided to vary this condition to require Enviropower to implement and maintain a noise management plan. This will enable us to take a whole-site approach to noise, instead of relying on a single limit at the site boundary.
Enviropower have submitted a noise management plan to us. Once approved, the plan can be used to determine noise levels not only at the site boundary but also in the community.
We will agree a timescale with Enviropower for any improvements, and continue to work with Adur-Worthing District Council.
Residents' meeting, June 2012
A residents' meeting in June 2012 discussed noise issues relating to the Enviropower Energy from Waste plant. The meeting was chaired by Tim Loughton MP, with support from local councillors.
Enviropower, the Environment Agency and Adur-Worthing District Council environmental health officers gave presentations. Residents then had the opportunity to ask questions and raise any issues.
We distributed the following newsletters within the local community and civic centres to keep residents updated.
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