Grievances about Blue Circle incinerator aired in Commons

Calls for pollution control powers to be used to close down a clinical waste incinerator in north London were rejected by Environment Minister David Maclean during an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on 11 January. But the Minister failed to explain how the operation, which draws some of its waste inputs from north-east England, is consistent with the Government's policy of achieving regional self-sufficiency in waste disposal capacity.

The debate was introduced by Michael Shersby (Con, Uxbridge), who complained that his constituents felt a "deep sense of grievance" about the pollution and nuisance caused by the incinerator at Hillingdon hospital.

The plant was installed in 1991 by Basic Energy (UK), a Blue Circle subsidiary. It replaced an ageing incinerator which burned 10-15 tonnes of clinical waste per week from three local hospitals, and which operated during daylig

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