Incinerator verdicts for Cory, against Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water's plans to burn up to 1.2 million tonnes of sewage sludge per year next to its sewage works on the Tyne and Tees lay in tatters after Environment Secretary Michael Howard dismissed its subsidiary's case for the projects on 3 November. But Mr Howard gave permission for Cory Environmental to build a hazardous waste incinerator at Seal Sands in Cleveland, although it is now uncertain whether this will go ahead.

The decisions on the three projects follow a two-part inquiry conducted by three planning inspectors who submitted their findings to Mr Howard in a 700-page report last November.

Cory's project has the longest history. It was announced in mid-1987 and a planning application was submitted at the end of 1989 (ENDS Report 166, pp 7-8). Applications for the two incinerators proposed by Integrated Environmental Management (IEM), a joint ventur

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