Power from waste site approved

The Government has announced approval of a new power station in Cheshire fuelled by waste

The proposed plant has capacity to potentially take waste from Manchester, Merseyside, Halton, Cheshire and Warrington which would otherwise have gone to landfill.

The decision by Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks allows INEOS Chlor to construct an energy from waste combined heat and power (CHP) station with a capacity of 100 MW, at Runcorn, Cheshire. He has also given deemed planning permission for the development.

"It's important that we move forward in tackling the UK's waste problem,” Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said. “The proposed plant will make use of local waste for the production of energy rather than contributing to the UK's landfill.

"While acknowledging that this proposal was controversial locally, this approval takes into account the concerns that were raised. The key concern of impact on public health will be properly addressed through planning conditions at the construction stage and when the station is operational, through the environmental permitting regime regulated by the Environment Agency."

A spokesman at INEOS Chlor explained that they had clearly demonstrated, in line with Government policy, that the plant will form a vital part of the North West's waste management solution by allowing local authorities in the region to significantly reduce the amount of household waste sent to landfill, ompliant with National and European requirements.

“Furthermore, and equally as important to us, the Energy from Waste CHP plant will contribute directly to the security of energy supplies to our Runcorn Site operations and allow us to reduce the impact of rising energy costs on our business, thereby helping to underpin the many thousands of jobs that are dependent on the Site,” they continued.

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