The Environment Agency has issued an environmental permit for a £300m mult-fuel energy plant at Ferrybridge Power Station near Pontefract.
The permit will allow the operating company, Ferrybridge Multifuel Ltd, to generate up to 69 megawatts of usable electricity from waste-derived fuels.
The Stranglands Lane power station operators SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies say the project will create around 300 jobs during construction and 50 full-time jobs once the plant is running.
Ferrybridge Multifuel Ltd plans to generate electricity and heat by burning pellets created from household waste
The permit sets high standards which the operator must meet to protect local people and the environment.
It follows a rigorous assessment process which included consultation with Wakefield Council, the Health Protection Agency, Primary Care Trust and local residents.
Richard Clarke, environment manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We have thoroughly reviewed the company’s permit application over the last few months and have investigated all the concerns that were raised through the consultation. The operator has demonstrated that it will have the necessary measures in place to build and operate this facility to the highest environmental standards.”
Once the facility is built and operational, all activities on site must be carried out in accordance with the conditions of the permit.