North Oxfordshire campaign group Ardley Against Incinerator (AAI) has had its appeal against the construction of a 150,000-tonne energy-from-waste (EfW) facility dismissed at the Courts of Appeal.
AAI lodged an appeal in April based around the “need” for the 300,000-tonne facility. This came after communities secretary Eric Pickles upheld waste management company Viridor’s appeal against the decision by Oxfordshire County Council to reject an application for facility.
Group chair Jon O’Neill told MRW: “As identified by Viridor, there was only a need for a maximum of 150,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and the county council has no requirement to deal with commercial and industrial waste, so why do we need a 300,000-tonne capacity plant?
“What we were saying is that every tonne over 150,000 tonnes is with risk - every time you burn more, what you are bound to deal with has risk against it and you shouldn’t do it.”
Despite the dismissal of the group’s appeal, AAI has welcomed the judge’s ruling that the Environment Agency (EA) should consider environmental impacts on “anything caused by anything to do with the plant”.
O’Neill said: “We will work with the district council to monitor air quality [in the vicinity of the facility]. If that increases over the EU limit for whatever reason during the construction and running period, the EA, under its permitting regime, will have to step in and investigate.”
Viridor project manager Robert Ryan said: “We are pleased with the judgement and look forward to progressing the project.”
Although the company is awaiting a notice to proceed from Oxfordshire council, Viridor is aiming for completion of the facility by 2014.