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Hazardous chemicals set to get green light
8:10pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Echo News
PLANS to store more hazardous chemicals on Canvey could be given the green light as a fuel firm aims to provide more environmentally friendly energy.
Oikos, in Haven Road, is seeking permission to increase the amount of flammable liquids stored at its terminal following the introduction of new Government legislation, which requires the firm to provide more renewable fuels.
The site, which has stored hazardous chemicals for about 80 years, already holds gasolines, naphthas, kerosenes and gas oils, including diesel and home heating oil.
The application, which will go before Castle Point Council next month, is for the firmto start storing biofuels, ethanol and methanol. Concerned residents have objected to the plans, claiming the island is already overladen by hazardous sites, with the Calor Gas terminal next door. However, Castle Point Council officers have recommended the plans for approval.
A council report states: “The proposed variation is considered appropriate when considered against relevant local policies, societal risk, and environmental protection and adjoining land uses. The proposed amendments sought by the application would not affect the use of the site or adjoining land or increase societal or environmental risk.
“It would enable Oikos to respond to market and regulatory changes and maintain its role in the local and regional economy.”
The company is also applying for permission to import the hazardous gas butane, through a pipe at the neighbouring Calor Gas terminal if needed.
However, Oikos claims the total storage capacity of up to 300,000 cubic metres of fuel will not be increased in the application.
A spokesman said: “We hope the council agrees the application at its meeting as this would allow our customers to meet new Government rules which require them to produce a set amount of renewable fuels at the petrol pumps. This is in line with the EU Renewable Energy Directive and the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation.
“The application is to vary the existing consent to allow us to store ethanol and methanol which were not covered in the previous application as the new rules had not at come into effect.
“Mixing butane on site does not require a consent. But it is mentioned in the report in order to be transparent should a customer request us to do so in the future”.
The application will be discussed at a development control meeting at the council offices in Kiln Road, Thundersley, from 7.30pm on November 5. For more, visit www.castlepoint.gov.uk
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