York Residents Against Incineration

Yet another incinerator rejected

February 20th, 2012

Now it’s Bedford’s turn. The Biogen Power gasification plant was designed to burn around 120,000 tonnes of non-hazardous domestic and commercial and industrial waste to generate both 20 megawatts of heat and 11.2 MW of power (it says here).

The Council said no, Biogen appealed, Eric Pickles said still no.

Here’s the interesting thing: one of the factors in the refusal was the prematurity of the scheme, given progress on a waste core strategy (WCS) for the area. Bedford was putting the cart before the horse, deciding to build a gasification incinerator before reallly looking at how much waste they can recycle. The sharp among you will immediately realise that this is exactly what’s happened here. The North Yorkshire Waste (and Minerals) Framework is waayy behind schedule, having been thrown out by a Government inspector in 2008. Which makes this plan absolutely premature – one of the points raised by our letter to Eric Pickles calling for a Public Inquiry (which you can still download and send!).

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