The beginning of the end for Covanta?
Posted Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 13:54
Fantastic news for residents of Mid-Bedfordshire this week as it has been announced that Covanta’s UK operations are in trouble, they have only two customers and there is expectation that the company’s UK assets will be sold.
This has led to real hope that the Rookery Pit incinerator project will be abandoned, although this is not guaranteed.
The massive incinerator would have required vast amounts of waste to make it profitable, requiring rubbish to by driven hundreds of miles across the country from council areas far from the one that would be affected by toxic fly-ash.
Most councils, like Mid-Bedfordshire itself, have preferred to deal with their own waste locally. This has reduced the number of prospective customers and made Covanta’s entire UK business model unprofitable.
Labour’s undemocratic Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC) failed to listen to local people who have made clear all along that they do not want or need such an imposition in the middle of their communities.
The latest development is an intellectual endorsement of the Marston Moreteyne Action Group (MMAG), who conducted research that showed years ago the Covanta plan was based on hopelessly optimistic economic forecasts.
We cannot afford to now be complacent, but for the first time in several years it feels like the voice of local people who would have to live with this monstrosity in their midst is being heard.
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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