Campaigners against a biomass power station being built in Sutton Bridge have been told that an environmental permit has not yet been applied for.
But at a meeting in the village on Tuesday, residents were warned that an application from PREL for Environment Agency consent to go ahead with the power station is unlikely to be turned down if the company can prove it is safe and efficient.
Neil Goudie, combustion team officer from the Environment Agency, spent more than an hour presenting the organisation’s view on permitting power stations to be built and answering concerned residents’ questions.
He said: “We will expect a full and robust assessment of the best available techniques applied to the power station before an environmental permit is granted.
“But if they (PREL) provide evidence to say this is going to be on one of the best power stations in the world, we’re unlikely to refuse it.”