An application has been formally submitted for a giant waste incinerator near Stewartby
Covanta Energy has submitted an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) for the waste facility and materials recovery facility at Rookery Pit South.
Managing director of Covanta Energy, Malcolm Chilton, said: "This planning submission signifies a landmark move away from waste simply being dumped into landfill sites.
"The future is very much recycling and composting led.
"But the waste left after these processes would be used as a fuel, which will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 82,500 homes which is the equivalent of Bedford and the Marston Vale.
"The facility will also save local authorities money in future waste management fees, at a time when costs savings are more acutely needed than ever before."
The proposals have caused huge controversy in the area with many local people organising protests and campaigns to fght the US waste company.
The IPC now has a period of 28 days to decide whether the application has been made in an appropriate way – this is called the validation process.
Now is not the time for people to make their views known to the IPC – this will happen once the application has been validated and the application is considered over the coming six to nine months.
More information on the Rookery South RRF is available www.cov<a href="http://www.covantaenergy.co.uk/site/rookerysouth/
For further information of the IPC and the Development Consent Order process click here
For more pick up a copy of the Thursday, August 12 edition of the Bedford Times and Citizen.
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