"This is a very sad day for the residents of Nottingham, a sad day for democracy and a sad day for our environment".
Jon Beresford, spokesman from Nottingham Against Incineration & Landfill (NAIL) is not impressed. Local residents and NAIL have been fighting plans to expand Nottingham’s Eastcroft incinerator for the last 4 years. Democracy has been given a severe blow when the government recently over ruled Nottingham City Council and given the green light (or not so green) for Waste Recycling Group’s Planning Application to expand the facility and pollute our environment with more toxic substances and global warming gases.
The government has given the go ahead suggesting that the third incinerator will help fight climate change. "This will help fight climate change no more than building a third runway at Heathrow" argues Beresford. "This throws the governments Climate Change Policy into complete nonsense". Waste Recycling Group, owners of Nottingham’s Eastcroft incinerator originally applied to incinerate an additional 150,000 tonnes (250,000 tonnes total) of waste a year by building a third line in Nottingham City Centre.
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Protest at Council House before the planning committee votes, September 06
The existing incinerators in Nottingham regularly breach licensed emission levels and they have received many warning by the Regulator, the Environment Agency, yet they allow them to continue to risk the health of the residents and pubic. Despite the fact that the plant burns waste that we should be recycled, it emits huge amounts of toxic substances, global warming gasses and breaches its emissions licence, the Government has given it the go ahead. This says volumes for the Governments attitude to big business and Joe public.