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Gloucestershire incinerator row lights up over independent report

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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ANTI-incinerator protesters claims that a planned £500 million waste burner breaks EU rules have been rubbished by county leaders.

Gloucestershire Vale Against Incineration (GlosVAIN) said its independent report shows incinerator plans for Javelin Park, Haresfield, are "deeply flawed" and don't comply with UK and EU law.

But Gloucestershire County Council said the GlosVAIN report is misleading and innacurate.

GlosVAIN said the report shows the incinerator contravenes EU and UK law because it would not pre-treat waste, would burn toxic waste such as batteries, create eight times more hazardous waste than goes in to it, and is so inefficient it's not classified as waste recovery but disposal.

That would mean what remains from the burning process is on a par with landfill, at the bottom of the waste hierarchy – against EU and UK legislation, said Sue Oppenheimer, GlosVAIN chairman.

"This report provides conclusive evidence that the Javelin Park incinerator is the wrong solution for dealing with Gloucestershire's waste, and indeed would be breaking EU law," she said.

Councillor Stan Waddington, cabinet project champion, said: "The bottom line is that this report is fundamentally flawed and full of misinterpretations and inaccuracies.

"It's being labelled independent, but we have to be clear that it has been paid for by a campaign group which has made no secret of the fact that it is completely opposed to the plans.

"The fact that neither the campaign group nor the report's authors contacted the council to ask any questions or check any facts is extremely suspicious. If they had, we would have been able to point out the many errors this misleading report contains."

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  • BishopHooper  |  February 07 2013, 10:05PM

    GCC have wasted so much of OUR money on something WE don't want and WE don't need. Maybe Stan Waddington doesn't want his pet project to end up on the scrapheap, much like his political career if this is stopped. Why won't GCC stop and smell the coffee? Or are they so much in Balfour Beaty's pocket on this, that they can't. THIS WHOLE PROJECT STINKS, more than the waste it will apparently burn. Enough money has been wasted on this... Time to stop.

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  • geraint2010  |  February 07 2013, 10:14AM

    If we MUST have an incinerator it would make sense to site it in a thinly populated area and on high ground where emissions would disperse more easily. Minchinhampton Common seems ideal wouldn't you say Mr Waddington ? !

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  • Ysedra  |  February 07 2013, 9:22AM

    'But Gloucestershire County Council said the GlosVAIN report is misleading and innacurate.' As is your spelling of 'inaccurate', ironically.

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