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Viridor has change of heart on Dunbar EfW design - COMMENT UPDATE

Viridor Waste Management has made changes to its initial proposal for an Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power facility (EfW) proposed to be built in Dunbar, Scotland, following a period of public consultation. Local residents cited a number of concerns with the proposed facility potential noise, traffic and air quality problems. But their major concern was that the building would not look appealing to the eye and that the industrialisation would affect the beautiful stretch of coastline. Viridor has taken the comments on board and substantially modified the design of the building. As well as standing below the surrounding natural ground level, the proposed EfW building now has a curved, spilt level roof line. Viridor says this will help it blend in with the two buildings it is sandwiched in between. External affairs manager Dan Cooke said: Viridor is committed to on-going open dialogue with the local community and takes any concern of residents seriously. As well as the modifications to the building design, Viridor has undertaken extensive studies to assess factors such as noise, traffic and emission levels. The use of EfW combined with maximum practical levels of recycling and composting is an essential element to help Scotland move towards improved resource efficiency and better waste management. Viridor plans to submit its formal planning application on January 7 2008. Image: Artist impression of Dubar facility Comment: "Greens in East Lothian oppose this project, which would tie our area into dependence on high volumes of waste, which is inefficient, and which is badly sited. We should instead be seeing biomass, wind and other smaller scale renewables projects coming forward in East Lothian". Posted by Abbie Marland, South of Scotland, Green Party 17/12/07

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