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Cornwall incinerator granted environmental permit

Sita UK has received an environmental permit for its controversial Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre, which allows an incinerator to be built at St Dennis near St Austell.

Environment Agency environment manager Judy Proctor said: “During the last two years we have rigorously assessed this proposal using the most up-to-date scientific evidence and specialist advice on health matters.We have consulted widely on the details of the environmental permit application and sought comments from many organisations including the Health Protection Agency, Cornwall Council, Primary Care Trust and Natural England as well as local residents and groups. 
 
“We are now satisfied that the incinerator can be built and operated so that it poses no significant risk to the health of local residents or to the environment.”

Sita is proposing to build a 240,000 tonne energy-from-waste facility in Cornwall but has faced resistance to the plans by local residents who have formed the St Dennis Anti-Incinerator Group.

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