Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Kent International Airport at Manston to reduce environmental safeguards.

I think this is self explanatory.

As someone who either responded to our Environmental Permit (EP) application consultation or attended our public meeting in 2011, I thought it would be helpful to update you on our progress given that Infratil have recently put the airport up for sale.

The original EP application that we consulted on during 2010/11 was formally withdrawn by Infratil on 13 March 2012. However, Infratil have committed to providing us with a revised EP application which is more economically viable but still satisfies the key environmental risks posed at the airport from de-icers, etc that were covered in the original consultation.

Clearly, this is disappointing for us as a regulator, Infratil and the local community but I'm sure you will understand that global trading conditions for the aviation industry have changed dramatically since our original consultation period began.

In the interim, we are continuing to work with Infratil to offer advice and guidance on their revised EP application with a site meeting scheduled during April. We are also reviewing our regulatory enforcement options for the site given that the risks remain with or without a current EP in place.

Once the new application has been received we will go through a full public consultation and involve you and the local community.

Please feel free to share this information with your local community. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Regards.
Alan

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1 comment:

  1. So we will all waste time and money having another consultation only for Infratil to pull the document again? This is ridiculous. The EA should be using the legal powers they have been given to take enforcement action to protect the water supply. They shouldn't be allowing an international company to give them the runaround on an issue of such importance.

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