There is yet another consultation underway for the planned Essex Incinerator at Rivenhall Airfield (near Braintree).
This saga has been going on for many years and the latest stage is a second permit application to the Environment Agency for a taller stack height - though there will also need to be a fresh planning application to Essex CC.
Incinerators add to air pollution and also depress recycling levels. The proposed incinerator at Rivenhall would be one of the largest in England and would draw in waste (all trucked in by HGV) from a wide area, likely including London. The Rivenhall plant is being linked to the existing Basildon site which takes residual "black bag" household waste from all over Essex and Southend.
Recycling levels have stalled and there is big money to be made by burning waste - having a monster waste incinerator in the heart of Essex will work against waste reduction and recycling.
There is also a big question mark over the use of the River Blackwater - the developers are telling the EA they don't intend to discharge to the river, but have told Essex CC they do intend to discharge.
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