The meeting’s overall aim is to support last minute submissions both to the Environment Agency and to higher bodies. Covanta’s incinerator was granted planning permission from the (long since defunct) Infrastructure Planning Committee, overriding local councillors and thousands of residents. All Covanta now require is an environmental permit to operate. The Environment Agency has drafted a permit but wants further comments up to the (recently extended) deadline of November 7th.
Everyone who is concerned about the Covanta incinerator planned for Marston Vale is invited to this important public meeting on October 31st at the Harper Suite, Harper Square, Bedford, MK40 1LE . Doors open 7pm for a 7.15 start. Entry is free but donations towards room hire will be very welcome.
On Tuesday we will hear two internationally respected experts critical of incinerators: Professor Paul Connett, chemist and zero waste proponent (a DVD presentation, recorded in Bedford) and Professor Vyvyan Howard, environmental toxicologist (via Skype). Both have helped successful challenges to incineration elsewhere.
We will look at the six types of addition/correction that the Environment Agency is still prepared to take account of. There is more scope there than appears at first sight, especially when related to the EA mission statement.
Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum, inspired by the Paris Agreement of 2015, acknowledge the absolute importance of reducing our carbon emissions in order to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees (compared with pre-industrial levels).
We oppose the incinerator for health, environmental and climate change reasons, the effects of which will spread across Bedfordshire and beyond. We at BCCF strongly support the rapid transition from an unsustainable linear economy to a zero waste economy where reducing, re-using and recycling are actively pursued rather than the landfilling and burning of materials. Incineration is taking us in the wrong direction and strongly disincentivises the essential reducing, re-using and recycling of materials. Put simply, it’s a huge waste of resources. And it’s not safe.
We are also sharing a valuable petition and letter to Michael Gove (DEFRA) and James Bevan, the CEO of the Environment Agency circulated by the Facebook group Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator group (BACI). https://www.change.org/p/no-environmental-permit-for-covanta-incinerator-in-rookery-south-pit-bedfordshire-petitioning-secretary-of-state-for-environment-food-and-rural-affairs-and-ceo-environment-agency.
The Draft Permit and Decision Document can be found at the bottom of the page of link https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/mk43-9ly-covanta-energy-limited-1/
For detailed general arguments against incineration, see http://www.ukwin.org.uk
There is additional information on the Covanta project at: