ERA issues environment permit for remediation works at Wied Qirda

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The board of the Environment & Resources Authority approved all nine applications for an environment permit in its latest meeting, including a permit for remediation works at Wied Qirda.

The scenic valley in Żebbuġ has been subject to extensive illegal works by Infrastructure Malta, whose workers defied a stop and compliance order as they considerably widened a country path, altering the topography of parts of the valley in the process.

The works covered by the permit, the ERA said, seek to “reinstate part of the valley which has been widened, to remove construction debris from the valley bed that were deposited during the said works and to carry out other works intended to restore this part of the valley.”

Eight other environment permits granted

As for the other permits, two were related to quarries, of which one concerned the excavation of soft stone from an existing licenced quarry in Mqabba, as well as the crushing of stone for recycling and the backfilling of the excavation void. Another permit was renewed for the restoration of a quarry void in nearby Kirkop.

Two other permits concerned existing scrapyards. A scrapyard in Marsa saw its permit to store scrap batteries and process scrap metals prior to export renewed; a variation request to accept waste electrical and electronic equipment in (WEEE) the form of air conditioner units was also accepted. The other permit concerns a scrapyard in Għaxaq, whose operator asked for an extension of the facility.

A hotel in Mellieħa’s renewal request was also accepted, with the permit covering various obligations including the control and monitoring of discharges to sea and emissions from combustion plants on site. The hotel is located in proximity of the Special Protection Area known as Il-Baħar ta’ Madwar Għawdex, which includes the sea around the islands of Gozo and Comino and extends to the northern coast of Malta.

A waste management facility in Luqa was granted an extension to its current permit to continue receiving, storing and processing various waste streams including WEEE and scrap metal.

A recently-refurbished service station in Lija was granted a permit to introduce vapour recovery systems as required, with the operator decommissioning old equipment as required by the authority.

A new environment permit was also granted to operate a manufacturing plant at the Bulebel Industrial Estate, which will manufacture plastic products and obligations related to the associated activities of waste management and by-product management.