High Court ruling may fail to stem conflict over hazardous waste incinerator

The prospect of a shortfall in Britain's hazardous waste incineration capacity, averted little more than a year ago when Re-Chem International's incinerator in Wales was saved by a management buy-out, has come to the forefront again following a High Court ruling this month on a prolonged legal controversy between Berridge Incinerators and Nottinghamshire County Council.

The legal status of Berridge's incinerator at Hucknall, near Nottingham, has been in dispute since the first of its four furnaces was built in 1973. Various parts of the incinerator site, including its chimney, have been awarded planning permission, but the incinerator itself has not. Conflict has persisted between the firm and the council whether an express grant of planning permission is required for the furnaces, and the council has been de

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