UKWIN has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for:

…a moratorium on PFI funding of schemes for managing residual waste which feature incineration as a major component…

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One of the types of resource that UKWIN provides is campaign material. We’ve added a Quote Bank of useful quotations for use in consultation responses, planning objections, etc. If you have any relevant quotes to suggest for our site then please let us know.
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The 120,000 tonne gasification-type incinerator proposed for the Twinwoods Business Park in Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire has been refused planning permission by the Secretary of State Eric Pickles Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

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.

Download the Incinerator Bottom Ash document

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

In November 2011 the Chancellor announced the Government’s intention to reform PFI, followed by a call for evidence in December 2011. UKWIN has responded to the Treasury’s PFI Reform Call for Evidence, and our consultation response is available Continue reading »

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”. Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

Defra are not publishing the first quarter 2011/12 (April 2011 – June 2011) waste data until the start of February 2012, but the Environment Agency has produced a landfill allowance (LATS) estimate for each council based on Q1 data. Continue reading »

Controversial Failed Incinerator Up For Sale

Neath Port Talbot Council has placed the controversial Crymlyn Burrows Incinerator up for sale. Continue reading »

UKWIN received the following from Jane Green of the Coventry 2020 Zero Waste Project:

Dear All

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. Continue reading »

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