Consultation on Hatfield incinerator extended

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.


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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.

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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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