Consultation on Hatfield incinerator extended

PUBLISHED: 11:07 17 December 2010

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CAMPAIGNERS opposed to a potential giant waste incinerator in Hatfield have welcomed the postponement of a dead-line for a public consultation on the scheme.

CAMPAIGNERS opposed to a potential giant waste incinerator in Hatfield have welcomed the postponement of a dead-line for a public consultation on the scheme.

Residents will now have until December 22 to make their feelings known to the county council.

A joint statement from groups, including Herts WithOutWaste and Hatfield Against Incineration, opposed to an ‘energy-from-waste’ facility in New Barnfield said the extension would let “more people have their say”.

The group also published an alternative strategy for what should happen to residents’ waste.

The plan insists that instead of building a huge incinerator Hertfordshire should “set a goal of zero-waste” through increased recycling – a proposal already implemented by some parts of Europe and the USA.

The statement also highlights the possible dangers of a “toxic cocktail” of harmful emissions as well as carbon dioxide, which campaigners say, would contribute to climate change.

As well as health concerns, campaigners slammed the cost of the scheme, which they say would cost £200m to build and “around £1bn to run until 2040” and would “require a hefty public subsidy to be economically viable”.

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