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News round-up 18/11

Arrest after scrap fire; Famers’ concern at recycling centre cut; AD plant’s sweet saving; Pickles’ award for environmentally destructive contribution

Arrest after wood fire

A pensioner from the Royston area has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a major fire near in Cambridgeshire, it is reported.

The man in his 70s was held in connection with the fire at Bridgefoot Quarry in Flint Cross, and was bailed until 7 January next year.

Firefighters estimate that the blaze, which started in a pile of wood chippings at around 10pm on 12 November, will carry on burning for another two weeks.

Cambridge News said the Bridgefoot site was currently the subject of a “voluntary action plan” from the Environment Agency (EA).

A spokeswoman for the EA said: “There is an agreement in place with the operators to correct the site and to bring it back to compliance with its permit.”

Cambridge News

Farmers oppose recycling centre cuts

The National Farmers Union fears that plans by Powys County Council to close Machynlleth’s recycling and waste centre will lead to an increase in local fly-tipping.

In a letter, NFU Cymru urges the council to reconsider its decision.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Montgomeryshire NFU Cymru chairman said, “In 2012/13 over 34,000 fly-tipping incidents were recorded in Wales and closing local recycling facilities, such as this one in Machynlleth, will only lead to an upward trend in these figures.

Press release

AD plant cuts sweet giant’s power bills by £100,000

Clearfleau, the operators of an anaerobic digestion plant installed at Nestlé’s Fawdon confectionery factory near Newcastle, say the combined heat and power engine it fuels produces 200kW of electricity.

The facility, above, was commissioned a year ago and produces 8% of the factory’s power requirements, cutting the annual electricity bill by about £100,000 per annum. The site has also registered for the Feed in Tariff, and will receive annual payments of about £250,000 per annum.

The plant was designed and built by Clearfleau for Nestle to contribute to the confectionery giant’s efforts to develop environmentally-sustainable manufacturing at Fawdon, as a beacon site for the overall organisation.

The plant is converting 200,000 litres per day of feedstock into renewable energy.

And finally…

Eric Pickles has been chosen for an award for “the most environmentally destructive contribution”.

The ‘honour’ comes from the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management which said the judges were impressed “by the sheer weight of the Communities Secretary’s all round contribution to undermining the Prime Minister’s stated [green] ambition”

The citation went on: “He has dismantled energy efficiency measures, playing a big part in turning the flagship Green Deal into a shambles. He has called in and turned down many applications to exploit wind energy. He was one of the architects of the national policy Planning Framework which – in spite of being modified in the face of public opposition – has put villages all over the country under siege by speculative developers”.

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