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Controversial incinerator granted permit

Middlewich facility still needs planning permission

A permit for a controversial energy from waste facility in Middlewich has been granted by The Environment Agency.

Thats despite objections from residents over health concerns.

Tracey Rimmer, Environment Manager at the Environment Agency said, "This decision is the outcome of our careful consideration and thorough assessment of the application, and we are satisfied that the design and management of the facility will meet high modern standards set by the UK Government and Europe and will ensure that local people and the environment are protected.

"We would like to thank local people for the comments they submitted during the consultation.

"We understand the concerns of the local community with regard emissions from the site, and in reaching our decision we received expert advice from the Health Protection Agency and the local Primary Care Trust, amongst others.”

Whilst the permit provides Covanta with strict conditions for operating the plant, the company still requires approval from the Planning Inspectorate before it could be built. Should planning permission be granted and the development built, we will ensure the operator adheres to rigorous standards and that the conditions of the permit are met.

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