Hertfordshire County Council announced on 28 April that Veolia is its preferred bidder to build a 352,000-tonne-per-year incinerator to dispose of the council’s residual waste.
The plant will be built on a council-owned site near Hatfield, and will begin operation in March 2016.
The council selected Veolia over Eon, which had planned to build a plant on land near Radlett, belonging to Larfarge.
A cabinet meeting decided on Veolia because Eon’s proposal was found to be located in a source protection zone for groundwater abstractions for the area’s public water supply. The area, known as Harper Lane, is close to boreholes used by Veolia Central Water (formerly known as Three Valleys).