Professor John Dearden sent his apologies for the UKWIN AGM, as did Viv Mountford. They are busy, each in their own way, preparing for the public inquiry concerning the Ince Marshes (Cheshire) incinerator and resource recovery park, which starts on Tuesday 15th May. Proofs of evidence and rebuttals are currently flying around the ether. Local campaign group RAIN have lined up Prof Dearden of Liverpool John Moores University, Alan Watson of PIC, and Dr Gavin ten Tusscher on dioxins – a strong team of expert witnesses. Local councils will field their own experts.

Ineos incinerator, Runcorn (Cheshire) is still awaiting the decision on the planning application, from Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (“the new face of the DTI”). Halton Council sidestepped making any decision, saying it is a matter for the Government, while asking the Government to make sure that there were no risks to health. There are other incinerators in the pipeline a bit further away, in the Northwich area, but Viv was not sure how far into the planning process these are. Not far, she thinks. Viv wishes us all well, and Professor Dearden hopes we have a fruitful meeting.

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