Campaigners pin hopes on European legislation to halt Gloucestershire incinerator
ANTI-incinerator protesters are pinning their hopes on European legislation to de-rail approval for a £500million rubbish burner.
Today Gloucestershire Vale Against Incineration (Glosvain) released its independent report from waste consultants which it says shows the incinerator plans for Javelin Park, Haresfield are 'deeply flawed' and don't comply with UK and EU law.
The group says the report by Ynys Resources shows Gloucestershire County Council has 'seriously overestimated future waste requirements'.
It says the report shows the incinerator contravenes EU and UK law because it would not pre-treat waste, burn toxic waste such as batteries, would create eight times more hazardous waste than goes in to it, and is so inefficient that 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 law.
Urbaser Balfour Beatty, which has been chosen to build the plant by the council, disputes Glosvain's claims on health and pollution and says UK still relies on landfill to deal with waste left after reducing, reusing and recycling.
And Stan Waddington, the council's waste champion, has said the facility will save up to £190million over the next 25 years, and 'will be clean and safe'.
The planning application is expected to be considered by the County Council's planning committee in February.