Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

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Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

Received 12 September 2018
From Public Health England

Representation

Thank you for your consultation regarding the above development. Public Health England (PHE) welcomes the opportunity to comment on your proposals at this stage of the project and can confirm that:-
We have considered the submitted documentation and have considered the potential public health impacts arising from air quality, contaminated land and exposure to electric and magnetic fields.
1) Air Quality
The submitted assessments have considered the potential impacts of the proposed development on air quality in the vicinity of the development, including the adjacent air quality management area. We are satisfied with the approach and methodology used to assess both baseline air quality and the potential impacts arising from both the construction and operational phases of the development.
We note that the immediate and cumulative impacts are assessed as negligible and, subject to the local authority being in agreement with your conclusions, do not believe that the proposed development poses a significant risk to public health in terms of air quality.
2) Contaminated Land/ Risks to controlled waters.
The proposed development requires the running cables thorough a closed landfill site at Pegwell Bay following landfall. We are satisfied that the assessment followed standard UK process and good practice and notes the conclusion that the potential impacts on both the environment and on public health can be adequately managed by industry good practice measures and the integral design of the installation.
The Local Authority (LA) and Environment Agency (EA) are the lead agencies for contaminated land and potential impacts on controlled waters. Subject to both the LA and EA being satisfied with the proposed design and mitigation measures We are satisfied that the contaminated land issues can be adequately managed and that the development should not pose a significant risk to public health.
3) Electric and Magnetic Fields
We note that the submitted documentation includes an assessment of the potential impact of electric and magnetic fields. We are satisfied with the assessment methodology used by the applicant and that the development should not pose a significant risk to public health.
We have registered an interest on the Planning inspectorate Website, including the above comments.
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