Council withdraws from timber pyrolysis project

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Council withdraws from timber pyrolysis project

Marlborough District Council’s Assets and Services Committee has decided to withdraw from the heads of agreement with Waste Transformation Ltd (WTL), the private company which wanted to establish a pyrolysis plant at Blenheim’s Bluegums landfill.

Council Chief Executive Mark Wheeler said the heads of agreement was contingent on a number of factors, including the company obtaining resource consent and the plant being capable of receiving and processing mixed timber, including treated timber.

“In response to public submissions, WTL withdrew its application for resource consent after a number of local submitters expressed concerns about possible air discharges from the plant. The company’s second application, which removed CCA treated timber from the feedstock, meant the economic viability and environmental benefits of the proposal for Council was compromised.”

“WTL is continuing to explore other opportunities for processing mixed timber, including talks with CCA treated post manufacturers, and is considering other, more remote sites for a plant,” Mr Wheeler says.

It is expected that today’s decision will be endorsed by the full Council at its next meeting.

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