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Case Studies and previous assessment of Modelling for Temperature Inversion in respect of EPR/WP3234DY

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Dear Environment Agency,

1) Please provide copies of documents - including analysis - of both the case studies and assessment of the initial application in 2011 - conducted by the Environment Agency in respect of temperature inversion events - as stated below.

Page 31 of the Decision Document relating to the permit issued under reference EPR/WP3234DY states "The dispersion model used by the Applicant does not explicitly predict complex conditions relating to vertical profiling such as temperature inversion, complex terrain stagnation or fumigation. There are alternative dispersion models that can model these conditions. However, we have conducted a number of case studies investigating the likely dispersion impacts of such conditions, including the assessment of the initial Rookery Pit ERF application in 2011, and found that although these conditions could lead to increases in the long-term and short-term Process Contributions (PCs) the variability is within any modelling uncertainties. As a result the Applicant’s conclusions are not likely to change."

2) Please provide details and records relating to the Environment Agency's audit of the applicant's prefered dispersion modelling and weather data and its own weather data -
gathered from Bedford- in respect of EPR/WP3234DY as stated on page 132 of the Decision Document "We audited the dispersion modelling. The audit included checking the weather data used by the Applicant including using our own weather data from Bedford."

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Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator

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Dear Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 17 March 2018.

 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I have attached copies of the data as requested. Please refer to the Open
Government Licence available here:
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1.      AQMAU-C1485-RP01.pdf – audit report

2.      170321-ARJ-MJ-H1491 response.txt – email responding to
consultation questions

3.      AQMAU_C700_Rp01.pdf – audit report of original application on the
same site in 2011

4.      AQMAU_C750_Rp02.pdf – report relating to temperature inversions
carried out for previous application on the same site

5.      170321-ARJ-MJ-H1514 response.txt – email responding to further
consultation questions

6.      170327-ARJ-MJ-Cumulative LFGE.txt – email responding to further
consultation questions

7.      170619-ARJ-MJ-Wind turbine.txt – email responding to question
about the impact of a wind turbine

8.      170713-ARJ-MJ-consultation responses.txt – email responding to
further consultation questions

9.      171012-ARJ-MJ-Gov AQ Committee report.txt – email relating to
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee - Air Quality Fifth Report
of session 2009-10 Vol.1

10.   171124-ARJ-MJ-H1715-Temp inversions & NRW refusal.txt - email
responding to further questions about temperature inversions

11.   180111-MJ-ARJ-H1744-Secondary particulates-receipt.txt - email
responding to a question about secondary particulates

12.   522_09.docx – Environment Agency Position Statement on Choice of Air
Dispersion Models

 

In response to point 2 of the request, our Bedford meteorological data
used in the audit checks was observed data for the years 2003 to 2007 and
purchased from the Met Office in 2008. The Environment Agency does not
have a preferred air dispersion model as stated in our Position Statement
522_09 Choice of Air Dispersion Models.

 

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