Environmental Protection

-2.43022153.428637M44 5BL2003-03-05M445BLWA37WDThe Borough of WarringtonThe City of Salford-2.53660853.414049WA3 7WDTSO (The Stationery Office), St Crispins, Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 1PD, 01603 622211, customer.services@tso.co.uk56864487487

Fluorocarbon Company Limited


Notice is hereby given that the Fluorocarbon Company Limited has applied to the Environmental Agency for an Integrated Pollution and Control (IPPC) permit to operate an installation involving the etching of PTFE with a solution of sodium in ammonia. The installation is located at Northside Industrial Park, Excalibur Way, Irlam, Manchester M44 5BL. The application contains a description of any foreseeable significant effects of emissions from the installation on the environment. Information relating to the above IPPC application for a permit to operate the PTFE Etching Plant is held in registers at the following locations: Public registers: Environment Agency Office, Appleton House, 430 Birchwood Boulevard, Birchwood, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 7WD. Local Authority: City Administrator Environmental Health Department, Salford City Council, Chorley Road, Swinton M27 2AD. Environmental Agency Address for representations: Environment Agency Office, Appleton House, 430 Birchwood Boulevard, Birchwood, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 7WD. Any person may make representation about this application, in writing, to the Environmental Agency within a period of 28 days beginning with the date of this advertisement. Any representations made in this way will be placed on public registers unless the person making the representation requests that it is withheld from the public registers. Environmental policies and procedures It is the operator’s policy to minimise the general and local environmental effects of the installation. Previously, all PTFE sheets that required etching were transported to the Fluorocarbon Netherlands facility for etching and returned to the Irlam factory for finishing. This incurred cost and environmental damage through transport. UK facilities for etching are owned by competitors, so are unavailable as an alternative supply of the service. Mains water used will be minimised by re-use of wash-water as a diluent in the ammonia absorption system. Power usage is small. Noise and vibration will be unnoticeable outside the factory limits. Ammonia emission will be below olfactory detection limits outside the factory limits. Except in upset conditions this will also apply within the factory limits. The operator will endeavour to dispose of the by-product ammonium sulphate solution for agricultural purposes. The installation will have no significant effect on the local environment. There is no history of complaints about the Irlam facility from neighbours. The installation is not in an air quality management zone. Effect on the local environment The only outside equipment will consist of a cylindrical storage vessel made from black plastic, sitting in a circular open tank that is designed to catch all the storage vessel’s contents in the unlikely event of a failure in the vessel. The vessel will contain a harmless solution that can safely be sprayed over growing crops. There will be one locked storage unit, at the side of the tank, containing process chemicals. It will have a spillage catch-tank. A chimney, 3.5 metres (11-12 feet) high, will be visible above the factory roof. This will emit environmentally harmless fumes and air. There will be no detectable smell from the chimney. All other equipment will be inside the factory, occupying a space equivalent to the ground floor of a medium sized house. There will be no detectable noise from the installation. There are expected to be up to five traffic movements per week resulting from the installation. The installation would allow the Company to maintain its present level of business. Having a locally based facility could lead to a development in business leading to more employment. There would be two jobs created by the investment. If the installation were not permitted there would be a marked decline in throughput in one major department in the factory. Reduction in manning levels would be inevitable.