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Our response to The Environment Agency's consultation on Covanta's environmental permit

Monday, 24 April 2017 14:41

CPRE Bedfordshire is strongly opposed to Covanta gaining an environment permit to incinerate non-hazardous waste at its planned facility at Rookery South, Stewartby.

Earlier this year, Covanta Energy Limited applied to The Environment Agency for an environmental permit to incinerate non-hazardous waste at its planned Rookery Pit Energy Recovery facility, near Stewartby. The company received planning permission for this facility in 2012, despite very strong local opposition.

CPRE Bedfordshire is opposed to the company gaining this environmental permit, because we believe the incineration of non-hazardous waste at this site will cause harm to the environment in the following ways:

1. Air Pollution due to the meteorological phenomena of “Temperature Inversion” in the Marston Vale and its impact on the surrounding area.

2. Inadequate plans for the storage and disposal of “Bottom” and “Fly” Ash.

3. Inadequate control of mix of waste material for the Incinerator.

4. Unacceptable increase in CO2 and NOx emissions due to the operation of the incinerator, increased HGV movements in the local area and the transport of waste from distant locations.

You can download our letter to the Environment Agency, which details these objections more fully.

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