One the same day as the US Labor Relations Board issued a comprehensive complaint against Covanta Energy alleging numerous violations of federal labor law (see coverage on UKWIN website) the news has been published that CHAIN is making great progress against Covanta in Cheshire, and Covanta has been dropped from the Northern Ireland shortlist.

In Cheshire, the Middlewich Guardian, in an article entitled Second blow for ‘silly’ incinerator, reporter David Morgan is reporting that:

CONTROVERSIAL plans for an incinerator in Middlewich were dealt another blow last week…[as] Councillors from Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) voted unanimously against Covanta’s proposals for an ‘Energy from waste’ plant at Midpoint 18 business park, last Tuesday.

As a neighbouring authority, CWAC’s planning board is acting as a consultee to Cheshire East Council, which will ultimately decide the application’s fate.

The development comes just weeks after Middlewich Town Council recommended the incinerator for refusal. Clr Mike Parsons, of Middlewich Town Council, said:

That’s excellent news. It really says something when the area that’s not going to be directly affected by the incinerator objects to it. If Cheshire East, for whatever reason, feels it cannot support that decision, it will be a very sad day.

Like Middlewich Town Council, the CWAC councillors also agreed that Covanta’s plans could be contrary to the Waste Local Plan. After the meeting, planning board chairman Andrew Storrar added:

The plant would not be processing Cheshire waste but would be bringing it in from outside the area. This is contrary to the Waste Local Plan which aims to meet the needs of Cheshire’s population and businesses rather than serve a much wider area. Also air quality along the A54 is extremely important for local people. It is estimated that of the 292 journeys in and out of the plant each day, 156 of these would be made along the A54. These additional lorry movements could have a detrimental effect on air quality.

Cheshire Anti-incinerator Network (CHAIN) has also welcomed the news. Chairman Brian Cartwright, who spoke at the meeting, said:

We were very gratified that again common sense prevailed and Cheshire West has come out against this silly proposal by Covanta.Cheshire West and Cheshire East have got to act as one voice so I’m treating this as a very good sign.

Today also sees the announcement that “The arc21 consortium of 11 Northern Irish councils has today (July 1) cut the shortlist for its long-term, multi-million pound waste management contract from six bidders to just three.” See LetsRecycle for their full report.

2 Responses to “Covanta on the run”

  1. As I understand it Sylvia, from trawling various financial websites, Veolia are divesting due to being short of money.

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