FM incinerator advice "inaccurate", admits minister

Information provided by the First Minister on an Environmental Impact Assessment for the Barry Docks Incinerator was “inaccurate” – a Welsh Government minister has admitted. 

 

In a letter to South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies – Carwyn Jones claimed a decision on whether an EIA would be carried out should be expected by the end of November.

 

No announcement has yet been made – and Mr Davies yesterday raised the issue in the Senedd with Leader of the House and Chief Whip Julie James.

 

In response – Ms James confirmed the decision has not yet been taken – but that Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn is “proposing to take it as soon as possible”.

 

She added that while she was sure the First Minister provided the information “in good faith” – it “turns out not to have been accurate”.

 

Mr Davies said, “The situation regarding an EIA has been dragging on for almost nine months – but local people were provided with assurances by the First Minister that they should expect a decision imminently.

 

“This included an expectation that it would be announced by the end of November – but a fellow minister has now admitted this was not correct. 

 

“I met with residents and campaigners from the Docks Incinerator Action Group this morning – who were as bemused as I was by the situation.

 

“The lack of communication within the Welsh Government and between ministers is very concerning.

 

“They are tasked with taking the decision and this will do nothing to improve confidence in the process.”

 

ENDS

 

[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies discusses the situation with local residents]