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Cornwall incinerator judgement due

Anti-incinerator campaigners are awaiting the result of their High Court bid to halt construction of a facility in Cornwall.

At a hearing in London on Tuesday, campaigners argued that a government decision to allow Sita UK‘s £117m energy-to-waste facility in St Dennis, St Austell, was unlawful.

The plans were originally turned down by planners, but the decision was overturned by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles in May, following a public inquiry.

Campaigners, led by Cornwall Waste Forum, claim Pickles’ ruling was influenced by a flawed impact assessment by the Environment Agency.

The planned Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre would burn 240,000 tonnes of household waste a year to provide electricity for 22,000 homes, reduce the landfill burden and create jobs.

However, local people are concerned the site is next to two special areas of conservation and claim it would be a health risk.

Cornwall Waste Forum chairman Ken Rickard added: “We want to protect the image of Cornwall as a green county, but this is outdated technology that will burn valuable natural resources. The amount of electricity created will be small and the jobs won’t go to the local community.”

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