Gloucestershire incinerator row lights up over independent report
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.
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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."