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Consent due for next scheme at £170m Protos energy park

Cheshire West & Chester Council’s planning committee is expected to give the green light to plans from Peel Environmental for a 220,000 sq ft energy-from-waste facility at Protos, the 126-acre site formerly known as Ince Park.

Peel has scaled down earlier proposals for the plant, first granted planning permission in 2009, dropping the electrical output from 95 megawatts to 35 megawatts.

The overall footprint is also smaller, having gone from 333,000 sq ft to 220,000 sq ft.

Covanta was due to be the operator of the 95 MW facility. When the revised planning application was submitted earlier this year, Peel said that Covanta retains an interest in the plot, but is yet to be confirmed as the operator of the smaller facility.

CWAC’s planning committee will meet tomorrow, with the scheme recommended for approval.

If granted consent, construction of the energy-from-waste unit is hoped to start in 2017. The planned facility will create energy from 350,000 tonnes of household, commercial and non-hazardous industrial waste each year.

Work is already underway at Protos to build a 20MW biomass facility, alongside enabling infrastructure funded by a £6m Evergreen Fund loan.

Your Comments

Planning Committee should think long and hard before granting consent. Incineration does not provide much net energy, and produces more greenhouse gas (equiv) than coal fired plants per kilowatt hour of energy produced. Not very green.

Also, consider all the problems with the “new” technology that Covanta assured Durham Region in Ontario, Canada, would enable them to easily meet the standards of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. So far, that has not happened.

This incinerator, built and operated by Covanta, and owned by Durham and York Regions, was a year late in start-up, far over budget, failed dioxin and furan emission limits when first stack tests were done in Sept/Oct last year and again at next stack tests done in May 2016, even though they were granted approval for commercial operation. Stack tests due again in November so we don’t know if they have still been spewing out the extremely toxic dioxins/furans for the past year.

The public’s health and safety has not been honestly considered. The industry continues to say how safe and wonderful and green “energy from waste” (incineration) is. And due to costs, they convince owners and regulators that enhanced monitoring is not needed. So difficult to get factual data from them.

By Kerry Meydam

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