Why an incinerator developer sought stricter emission limits

A demand to minimise visual impact has indirectly led to the Environment Agency agreeing that the strictest emissions limits ever should apply to an Essex energy-from-waste project. Gareth Simkins reports.

Attempting to loosen environmental constraints, whether through lobbying or appeals against permitting conditions, is a common affair. So a company asking to strengthen emission limits that were already tight is particularly surprising.

The explanation lies in the convoluted history of the Woodhouse Recycling and Renewables project, also known as the Rivenhall Integrated Waste Management Facility. It has been more than two decades in development, partly due to a dispute over the height of its stack.

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