Grange Landfill Site, Rotherham (Dropping Well Tip) -Information Page

Closes 31 Dec 2020

Opened 13 Jun 2019

Overview

Welcome to the Grange Landfill Information Page.

We have created this page to provide easy access to information on the permit variation for Grange Landfill and the Environment Agency role in permit regulation.

We will keep this page up dated as the situation progresses so please keep checking back for what’s new.  Our latest frequently asked questions (FAQs) is available at the end of this page.

More Information

We are working hard with Government and other emergency responders on protecting the public and the environment from the effects of Coronavirus. The Environment Agency remains fully operational, with the majority of our staff working from home. We continue to carry out regulatory visits to sites that could cause serious environmental harm where required. However, we are reducing regulatory visits to other sites and review how best to regulate them in accordance with the Government guidance.

The Environment Agency role in regulating this site

We regulate the waste industry by issuing permits which impose strict conditions on the operation of the activity. Our staff have the skills and expertise necessary to understand the risks that these industries may have in regard to harm that may be caused to the environment. Our technical specialists assess permit applications thoroughly to make sure that they protect people and the environment. We would not permit any operation that we know would cause harm to the environment or people’s health when operated in accordance with permit conditions.  

When regulating these permitted waste activities, we take a risk based approach to sites that have the potential to cause harm. Those which pose greater risk are subject to more stringent permit conditions, and targeted regulatory intervention.

Environmental permit

Modern environmental permits for the deposit of waste take account of all new legislative requirements and require site operators to do more to safeguard people and the environment than would have been required in the past, such as

  • Environmental monitoring (pollution control)
  • Site infrastructure (appropriate lining)
  • Strict procedures (waste acceptance)

The permit variation for Grange Landfill Site, granted in March 2016, imposed a range of these modern conditions. These included groundwater and landfill gas monitoring requirements, and surface water infrastructure to be installed, prior to any deposit of waste.
The new permit only allows the deposit of ‘inert’ waste. Inert waste is "waste that does not undergo any significant physical, chemical or biological transformation" for example soil and stone. Inert waste will not dissolve, burn or otherwise physically or chemically react, biodegrade or adversely affect other matter with which it comes into contact in a way likely to give rise to environmental pollution or harm human health.

The site is to be operated in accordance with the permit conditions as well as an Environmental Management System which details how the operator will abide by the permit conditions.

A copy of the permit variation is available to download below:
DB3803MN - Grange landfill variation

Latest Information (Updated Oct 2020)

The site remains non-operational.

The operator, Grange Landfill Ltd, is required under the conditions of the environmental permit, to install engineered infrastructure to meet the requirements of the Landfill Directive to ensure that the proposed landfill activity at this site will not impact on the local environment.

The existing landfilled area will not be re-opened or filled.

Current situation

We have recently been informed by the operator that the preparatory activities on site - which were temporarily stopped due to poor weather conditions in late 2019 - are expected recommence imminently. The proposed works are to:

  • complete the installation of the haul road around Phase 2; and
  • construct a secure compound.

What happens next?

Although no dates have yet been given the following works will be necessary for the next stages of the site preparation: 

  • ground investigation works to determine suitability of the in-situ ground conditions to meet the relevant engineering standards;
  • engineering works to install a surface water management system; and
  • basal lining system within the footprint of Phase 2 of the  landfill.

Please note that no waste disposal activities will commence until our Regulatory Specialists are fully satisfied that the landfill infrastructure has been engineered to the relevant standards. It is unclear at present how long it will take to complete all the necessary preparatory and engineering works, however we do not anticipate that disposal activities will commence until spring 2021 at the earliest. 

Current Investigation:

We are still in the process of completing our investigation into the complaints made against Grange Landfill Limited regarding alleged irregularities in the environmental monitoring data submitted. 

We expect to conclude our investigation shortly, once we have received some further information and any additional investigation required. You can be assured that we are carrying out a full and transparent investigation into the complaints. 

To avoid prejudicing any potential legal proceedings we are unable to make public any details of the investigation until it is concluded.   

What is not covered by an EA permit?

A number of regulated bodies take responsibility for different parts of the site.

The Environment Agency regulates against the permit and the waste on site. Therefore our regulatory remit only extends to the landfilling activity itself.

Any issues with regards to health and safety on site remains the remit of the Health & Safety Executive.

Concerns regarding traffic movements, fall within the remit Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council as they are responsible for regulating and enforcing the conditions within the planning permission.

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