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Secretary of State to decide fate of Mercia’s EfW

Mercia Waste Management’s planning application to build an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Worcestershire has been referred to the Secretary of State after the local authority gave its approval.

Mercia hopes to build a 200,000 tonne EfW called EnviRecover, which will treat waste generated in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Following Worcestershire County Council’s decision to approve the plans, they will now be referred to the Secretary of State to consider whether to allow Worcestershire to formally grant planning permission or call-in the proposals to decide for themselves through a public inquiry.

The plant will generate more than 15MW of electricity and low-grade renewable heat for local businesses.

Mercia co-director John Plant said: “We hope the Secretary of State will recognise that this is an  important decision to be made locally, by Worcestershire County Council, and not recover the application for his own determination. If approved, EnviRecover will allow Worcestershire and Herefordshire to significantly reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, helping the fight against climate change and generating renewable energy while avoiding landfill tax burdens.”

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