UKWIN member Breathe Clean Air Group (BCAG) has provided a press release in relation to the closing of the inquiry into a 200,000 tpa incinerator proposed by Peel Energy for Davyhulme:
Veolia Environmental Services has withdrawn their s288 legal challenge against the Secretary of State’s May 2011 decision to refuse planning permission for an incinerator at the Former Rufford Colliery in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire.
UKWIN member SWARD has issued the following press release regarding their appeal against the high court ruling in relation to an incinerator ash landfill site:
Safety in waste and Rubbish Disposal (SWARD) has lodged a request in the High Court for a judicial review of Gloucestershire County Council’s decision to grant Grundon Waste Management a new 20 year planning consent at its Wingmoor Farm site, Bishop’s Cleeve.
The Environment Agency (EA) got more than they were expecting as part of their Environmental permit consultation regarding the Devonport incineratorm proposal.
On 31st January 2012 the EA’s Permitting Officer, together with the EA’s Lord Smith (Chairman of the Board), Dr Paul Leinster (Chief Executive) and Chris Howes (Head of Performance and Engagement), and others received a 56-page representation, with a special focus on incinerator bottom ash.
The impressive document was produced by Neil Smith, Chair of the Buckfastleigh Community Forum, and is described by UKWIN Chair Tim Hill as:
The best collection of evidence reagrding incinerator bottom ash that I have seen to date.
According to Mr Smith:
The evidence we’ve gathered has implications for national policy that are serious enough to call to the attention of the Environment Agency’s Board of Directors. We believe that there is a legal basis to require public clarification of the issues raised before any new incinerator permits can be issued.
The document addresses several broad points, including:
- Misleading and erroneous claims that “bottom ash is inert”;
- Conflict between political and commercial expediency and the precautionary principle;
- Sampling and testing protocols of bottom ash;
- Hazardous status of bottom ash and ecotoxicity;
- Hazardous properties and exploding aggregate;
- Bottom ash leachate and risks of re-use;
- Heterogeneity and unnecessary pollution of waste streams; and
- The dangers associated with intermediate storage of bottom ash
If today you read only one 56-page document about incinerator bottom ash, let it be this one! Download the Incinerator Bottom Ash document
The Health Protection Agency have announced plans for a study on “whether there is a potential link between the emissions from MWIs and health outcomes, including: low birth weight, still births and infant deaths”.
The Manchester-based Breathe Clean Air Group is calling for greater protection of children’s health after a study links biomass incineration and respiratory problems.
Controversial Failed Incinerator Up For Sale
Neath Port Talbot Council has placed the controversial Crymlyn Burrows Incinerator up for sale.
UKWIN received the following from Jane Green of the Coventry 2020 Zero Waste Project:
This week is set to mark the end of PFI as we’ve known it. A Panorama programme is due to air today (Monday 28th November 2011) that focusses on the subject of PFI contracts, and on Thursday (1st December) we have the Treasury’s call for evidence for its inquiry into alternatives to PFI.
Campaign group SWARD (Safety in Waste and Rubbish Disposal) will today instruct barristers for legal opinion on their case against Gloucestershire County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for Grundon Waste Management to operate at Wingmoor Farm, Bishop’s Cleeve until 2029.
SWARD (Safety in Waste and Rubbish Disposal) have issued a press release explaining how shocked they are by the speed of the Secretary of State’s rejection of their request for a public inquiry