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Charles Walker MP OBE

Posted by hertswow on November 1, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Charles walker OBE, the member of parliamnt for Broxbourne, has yet again spoken out in the House of Commons in firm opposition to Veolia's proposal for a residual waste incinerator in Hoddesdon. On 31st October 2018 from 7:00pm he led an Adjournment Debate on the damage that would be done to air quality around the A14 highway. 

The Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Dr Thérèse Coffey, gave considered responses to the points raised.

Text in Hansard: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-10-31/debates/ACEEFE7C-CAB2-4BAF-A16E-FE4E057B9AB1/AirPollutionA10AndBroxbourne" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=adjournment+debates" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link (in due course)



"...My general expectation is that the Environment Agency would consider the impact of the proposed development itself, rather than its location. However, the formal planning process should consider the location, including the travel routes and the impact it may have on the environment, including the air quality, in determining whether the development should go ahead."

"... However, the Broxbourne study clearly identified a much more significant problem than the national model, projecting that this stretch of road will see emissions that exceed the legal limit until 2028 if no further action is taken. That is clearly unacceptable. Now that both the council and the Government have a greater understanding of the problem, our priority is to work with Broxbourne Borough Council to find a means of addressing this as quickly as possible. ..."

"I understand that. Broxbourne has come to the attention of the Government via national modelling and local modelling specifically because of nitrogen dioxide emissions on that stretch of road. That is why the Government are working directly with Broxbourne. ..."

UKWIN's report on climate change impacts of waste incineration

Posted by hertswow on October 25, 2018 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The report is titled 'Evaluation of the climate change impacts of waste incineration in the United Kingdom’, October 2018. It is available from: http://ukwin.org.uk/climate/ (size 2MB)

"This report evaluates the climate change impacts of waste incineration4 and is intended to inform policy makers, decision-takers, and the public. The need for this study arises in response to the increasing quantities and proportions of UK waste that are incinerated and the necessity to consider the outcomes arising from this increasing level of incineration alongside the various conflicting claims that are made about the climate change impacts of waste incineration.


Because incinerating plastics is an inefficient way to generate electricity, incinerators release more greenhouse gases to produce the energy than would be emitted to generate the same quantity of energy through the conventional use of fossil fuels such as combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT)."

Recyclates dumped overseas

Posted by hertswow on October 23, 2018 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By Unearthed, an investigations unit set up by Greenpeace UK in 2012. (https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/10/21/uk-household-plastics-found-in-illegal-dumps-in-malaysia/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link)

This shows up a dirty secret of the 'western' waste industry: disposal of recyclates overseas, (uneconomic, sub-standard or excess-at-destination...) while still showing RECYCLED on the subsidy paperwork in country of origin! 


"The UK exports around twice as much plastic packaging for recycling as it processes domestically – mostly to Asia."

"...  there is no such thing as away." - Mary Creagh MP.

"... where materials were poorly sorted, kept outside and exposed to sunlight, soil microbes, and water, recovery rates could be as low as 30-40%." - Seah Kian Hoe, a second-generation recycler.

"Despite these complications, British exporters receive subsidies for the full volume of recyclate they export, regardless of how much has to be discarded when it reaches its destination."

“You [developed countries] have so-called high recycling rates; as citizens do you know where your plastic waste and pollution ends up? It’s in other people’s countries, affecting other people’s children. Your recycling rate is nothing to be proud of,” - Dr LC Theng, an independent waste consultant.

"The bags had the logos of three councils in London (Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Tower Hamlets) as well as local authorities in Essex (Castle Point and Basildon). We also found a magazine wrapper addressed to a resident of Northallerton, which falls within Hambleton council."

“We are committed to reducing the amount of waste we produce, and recycling more at home. While there has been a significant increase in recycling over the last 10 years, there is more that needs to be done and we will set out proposals in our forthcoming Waste and Resources Strategy." - a Defra spokeswoman


Unearthed (@UE)

22/10/2018, 00:30

We found recycling bags from 5 local authorities apparently abandoned in Malaysia

bit.ly/2NUIEld pic.twitter.com/HjWYW7grge

PINS Report to Secretary of State

Posted by hertswow on October 2, 2018 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Planning Inspectorate has announced that Inspector Jennifer Vyse's Report will be submitted to the Secretary of State on or before 4th February 2019.

However, we will not see it until the Secretary of State issues the Decision letter.

EA's Consultation on the draft Environmental Permit

Posted by hertswow on September 26, 2018 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We have made a submission to this Consultation, as follows.


We draw attention to matters within the scope of those identified in paragraph 4.1.4, Key Issues in the Determination, page 16: “… assessment of air quality, assessment of health effects, assessment of noise impacts, assessment of BAT and consideration of consultation responses, …”:

Temperature inversions: The CALPUFF software module is used for modelling in several case

studies. We raised queries about the potential for higher pollution levels.

Local emission sources: We noted these potentially expanding or new sources that should in our

view be taken into account in the assessment of cumulative impacts: Pharmaron UK Limited

and Woollensbrook Crematorium.

Water discharge: We noted the constraints on discharges of secondary treated domestic sewage

to water bodies, in this case to the River Lee, and asked for evidence of compliance by the


Long term emissions of oxides of nitrogen: We asked the EA to explain the relatively high

emissions estimated for the proposed facility at Rye House, Hoddesdon, in comparison with

other incinerator facilities.

Best Available Technicues for this installation: We enquired whether there are specific features (other than site-specific features) of the proposed installation in regard to BAT.

Period of abnormal operation: We raised queries about the way in which the end of the period of

abnormal operation would be determined.

Health impacts of emissions by industrial processes: We noted recently published research

findings and asked for the EA to suggest to HMG that it is time to review the current guidance.

Our detailed response is available on request and will be published shortly on the EA's new online consultation hub, Citizen Space: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link.


Responses are listed by response number. You can use the Search box to find a particularsubmission

Responses whose the senders have allowed to be published may still be redacted for personal identities.

Rattys Lane Planning Inquiry - hearings adjourned

Posted by hertswow on August 4, 2018 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (2)

The hearings of the Planning Inquiry for an incinerator plant for residual waset to be built in Hoddesdon were adjourned yesterday so that the Inspector can prepare her report to the Secretary of State. The hearings are "adjourned" rather than "ended" since it's possible that the Inspector will re-convene them on issues emerging or external matters arising. We do not have a view of what the Inspector will recommend nor what the Secretary of State will decide. However you are welcome to ask us about ehat took place from our point of view as a "Rule 6" party to the Inquiry.
For the Inquiry documents, see the Inquiry Library online here.

P.S. on 25th september 2018: We have been notified that the Public Inquiry hearings are now officially closed. The Inquiry goes on c/o the Inspector as she prepares her report for the Secretary of State to make a decision in due course.

BBC Radio 4 - Recycling - LGA, Veolia, BPF & Eunomia, 4 August 2018

Posted by hertswow on August 4, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A 10-minute item was broadcast in BBC 4's Today programme on 4th August 2018.

The item is now available for listening via the BBC's Radio iPlayer: https://deref-gmx.co.uk/mail/client/ULqOqbxIq6I/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bd6jj3" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Below is a gist and timings. and timings. Please refer to the recording for the precise wording in context.


The Local Government Association

LGA - warning: "two thirds of food packaging can't be recycled and and have to be burned or sent for landfill. That's 350,000 tonnes a year"


Visit to Veolia's Recycling plant in South London

Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

"just 25 people are on this shift"

"about 35,000 tonnes of black trays in the country but that's out of about 35 million tonnes of packaging waste."

Reprocessing plastic bottles into chips for milk bottles, plastic bags for bin liners

"Maybe 20% [of the extracted plastics] would difficult-to-recycle materials. It will be used for energy."

"Instead of burning oil, we can burn plastics."


Peter Fleming, spokesperson for the LGA

"black plastic makes the food look good"

"The British Plastics Federation ... says it would be delighted to work with local authorities."


Dr Dominic Hogg, Chairmen of Eunomia

"All of the cost at the moment is falling on local government."

"could the cost on manufacturers of packaging"

"There may be cost for standardising collections"

"£1 Bn per year ... fund by the producers" (of unrecyclable packaging)

single-layer polymer films would need to be thicker than multi-layer"

ends at 1:40:32

Available for download until 2nd September 2018

Revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Posted by hertswow on August 4, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

On 24th July 2018 the UK Government published a revised version of the central framework for land use planning in England, the Revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). (source)

This is variously referred to as RNPPF, NPPF2 of NPPF 2018. Its policies have immediate effect for determining planning applications and appeals . However for plannning purposes, it is only relevant to plans submitted for examination after 24 January 2019.

Despite responses to a consultation earlier in 2018 across a wide range of matters, the Government chose to focus the changes on matters of Housing. That has given rise to a myth or misunderstanding that other areas of plan-making and site-specific decisions are not affected. However there are implications across several topical areas, notably the following:

Planners, analysts and legal advisers are studying the potential implications and the changes and clarifications of policy have yet to be tested in practice. The sources cited above are well-informed initial views and we can expect much further assessment in coming months. Several documents associated with the revised Framework were published at the same time and others are forthcoming.

Another handy commentary is provided by Lichfields,

VES Hoddesdon - Notice of Draft Environmental Permit

Posted by hertswow on August 2, 2018 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Notice - draft Environmental Permit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited-environmental-permit-draft-decision-advertisement/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited-environmental-permit-draft-decision-advertisement" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

EN11 0RF, Veolia ES Hertfordshire Limited: environmental permit draft decision advertisement

Published 2 August 2018

Applicant name: Veolia ES Hertfordshire Limited

Reference number: EPR/SP3038DY/A001

Brief description of activity: The incineration of non-hazardous waste in a waste incineration plant with a capacity exceeding 3 tonnes per hour.

Application type: Bespoke

Regulated facility location: Rye House Energy Recovery Facility, Rye House, Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0RF

Local authority: Broxbourne Borough Council

Information placed in Citizen Space for consultation:

Draft decision permit
Draft decision document

How to view the application

You can view the information at the Environment Agency register:

Environment Agency, Alchemy House, Bessember Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 1HE

How to comment on the application:

Online: view and comment on the proposed decision using Citizen Space

End date for representations: 30 August 2018.

Email: [email protected]

Or write to:

Environment Agency, Permitting and Support Centre, Land Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF

Herts CC / Veolia ES Planning Inquiry

Posted by hertswow on July 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The hearings of the Planning Inquiry for an incinerator plant at Hoddesdon to burn all of hertfordshire's residual waste have been extended by one day to conclude on Friday 3rd August 2018. Timetable: v.14

NOTES: The times given below take account of a programme update at end Thursday 26th July. Please check for any later verson of the timetable before you visit the venue* to attend any partiular session. Look out for start times varying, usually either 9:00 am or 9:30 am.

*High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord St, Hoddesdon, Herts. EN11 8SG

The final expert witness session for the Applicant will take start on Friday 27th July from 9:00 am, when David W. Bridgwood will give  evidence on Planning Policy matters. Among the other Rule 6 objectors, HertsWOW will conduct a formal cross-examination on Tuesday 31st July. 

That will be followed by Round Table Sessions on Planning Obligations/Possible Conditions to cover the eventuality of planning permission being granted of Mr Bridgwood for the proposal.

The last two days, 2nd and 3rd August, will be taken up with Closing Submissions, including ours on the Thursday and the Applicant's and Herts. County Council's (as the Waste Planning Authority concerned) on the Friday.

Then the Inspector, Jennifer Vyse DIPTP MRTPI, will close the hearings in public so as to go ahead with producing her report of recommendations for the Secretary of State to decide upon in due course.