Chirk Particleboard Factory Now Has NRW as Sole Regulator
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has become the only environmental regulator for the Kronospan site in Chirk and will be responsible for all future regulatory functions related to the permit.
Following a consultation on a draught permit that began in June, NRW completed the variation and consolidation of the two regulators' permits recently and granted the operator a consolidated permit.
The final permit and detailed decision document are available on NRW's on-line public register.
Kronospan Limited has been manufacturing particleboard and medium density fibreboard (MDF) in Chirk, North Wales, for many years.
The Welsh Government issued a Direction in March 2018 requiring NRW to consolidate the two regulators' existing permits for the site (Wrexham County Borough Council and NRW) into one, with NRW becoming the only regulator.
Lyndsey Rawlinson, NRW Head of Operations for North East Wales, said:
“The future regulation of Kronospan has always been an important issue for the local community. Becoming sole regulators for the site allows us to ensure that the operators comply with relevant standards, thereby protecting human health and the environment. It will also help ensure consistency whilst offering a single point of contact for the operator, local community and stakeholders.
"The permit includes several improvement conditions for the operator to implement over the next 18 months. We will be working closely with Kronospan to ensure these improvements are made.”
Source: Natural Resources Wales