Welsh MPs give ReChem incinerator another bashing

The yawning gulf between official and local public perceptions of the safety of ReChem International's hazardous waste incinerator in Pontypool, south Wales, was displayed once again during a debate in the House of Commons on 10 July. Local MPs alleged that the firm had created a "climate of fear" and engaged in a "massive cover-up" of contamination in and around the plant. The Government's spokesman told the Commons that the plant has a good safety record, but left open the possibility that a public inquiry may be held into contamination around the incinerator, and expanded on emerging official plans to curb waste imports into the UK.

The six-hour debate was opened by the Labour MP for Torfaen, Paul Murphy, in whose constituency the incinerator stands. Many local people believed, he said, "that the incinerator is well past its sell-by date and that it was wrongly sited in a valley near a residential area."

A series of incidents over the years have caused great concern about the plant, said Mr Murphy. "There was an explosion which damaged the incinerator hearth and enve

Please sign in or register to continue.

Sign in to continue reading

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
or call 020 8267 8120

Subscribe for full access

or Register for limited access

Already subscribe but don't have a password?
Activate your web account here