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Second incinerator inquiry to take up to four weeks
4:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A SECOND public inquiry surrounding an incinerator in Runcorn could take up to four weeks.
The community group HAGATI that debated the validity of pollution monitoring in July will now oppose a second application to increase the amount of waste brought to the site by road.
Ineos, which owns the incinerator, wants to increase the waste to its Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power Station from 85,000 tonnes a year to 480,000 tonnes.
Jeff Meehan, leader of HAGATI, said: “The limit equates to 10 per cent of the total waste capacity and Ineos want to raise this to a staggering 60 per cent which, if allowed, would require nearly 400 lorries per day.”
Ineos’ original application asked for this amount to be delivered by road, but has re-applied after it was blocked by Halton Council’s Development Control Committee, despite council officers approving the request.
Mr Meehan said: “The council officers actually, against everyone else involved, supported the Ineos application. The council cannot - according to the officers - represent at the inquiry the opinions of our elected representatives, so where is the democracy in Halton?”
Ineos is expected to produce dozens of expert witnesses for the new inquiry due to begin on January 7 for 12 days plus time for site visits.
A council spokesman said: “Planning decisions are made based on material fact, evidence, and adopted policy. After reviewing the application and evidence the officers’ view was the application should be approved.
“This recommendation was made to members. However, after due consideration, the development control committee refused permission. Ineos has the right to appeal a refused decision to the Planning Inspectorate and chose to do this.”
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