Thames Water gets go-ahead for two sludge incinerators

Thames Water has been given clearance to build two sewage sludge incinerators in east London. But Northumbrian Water has been forced back to the drawing board for its sludge disposal strategy after deciding not to appeal against the refusal of planning permission for its two proposed incinerators in north-east England.

Both water companies have relied heavily on dumping at sea in their sewage sludge management strategies, but in 1990 the Government decided under international pressure that that outlet should close by 1998.

Thames Water opted early on for incineration for most of the sludge currently dumped at sea. But last year, it seemed that its plans to build incinerators at its Beckton and Crossness sewage works might be stalled by concern about the

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