Poplars Tip Update - March 2020

The Environment Agency have issued a new update on Poplars Tip.

As we were aware, the work to cap the slopes of the active tipping area was completed on the 14th February and the Environment Agency have confirmed that the number of complaints they are receiving about the smell emanating from the tip has significantly reduced.

As part of their regulation of the site, the Environment Agency continue to undertake site inspections and hold meetings with Biffa to ensure the appropriate measures for odour control are in place. They also plan to continue to conduct gas management audits to test the effectiveness of Biffa’s infrastructure that is capturing the landfill gas.

The mobile monitoring facility (MMF) that was installed on 31th January continues to take measurements of methane (CH4), hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX). Although a report on the measurements and findings will not be available until after the monitoring exercise has been completed, the Environment Agency have stated that early indications on the measurements suggest the levels of hydrogen sulphide detected have been below the World Health Organisation air quality guidance limit.

The Environment Agency’s online information page is constantly updated and is available at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/…/poplars-cannock…

As always, if any constituents have any concerns about this matter, they can contact me on amanda.milling.mp@parliament.uk or call 01543 877142.