Howard slammed over go-ahead for clinical waste incinerator

The rash of incineration projects around the country is continuing to draw criticisms of Government policy in the House of Commons. In an adjournment debate on 24 June, the Labour MP for Gateshead East, Joyce Quin, accused former Environment Secretary Michael Howard of acting unreasonably in overturning a planning inspector's recommendation and giving the go-ahead to a clinical waste incinerator on Tyneside.

The debate was the Commons' fourth on incineration in less than 12 months. The other three concerned operations run by ReChem International, Coalite Chemicals, and a Blue Circle subsidiary, Clinical Energy, which was fined £6,000 for five disposal licence offences at its clinical waste burner in Hillingdon, north London, in May (ENDS Report 220, p  

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