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Limits there to protect people; VIEWPOINTS.

WEWOULD like to take this opportunity to reassure your readers that we take our regulation of sites extremely seriously when it comes to air pollution, contrary to the belief of Mr Ryan (Viewpoints, October 21).

We have been thoroughly diligent in our assessment of the application for an environmental permit from Viridor for an energyfrom-waste plant in Splott as we are with all of our assessments.

We have investigated the application for more than 18 months and consulted at length with health professionals and the local community.We do not take any decision to issue an environmental permit lightly.

The limits put on emissions from any site are set by EU and UK governments at levels that will maintain safe air quality to protect people's health.

These safe air quality levels are agreed with expert advice from health professionals, including the World Health Organisation and the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards. These limits are there to protect people and the environment and our officers will be there to enforce these standards through the life of any plant. If any site does not meet the requirements to protect people and the environment, we will not issue a permit.

Chris Mills Director, Environment Agency Wales
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 25, 2010
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