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GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO REPORT ON WASTE INCINERATION

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Incineration with energy recovery should play a larger part in waste management in the future, environment secretar...
Incineration with energy recovery should play a larger part in waste management in the future, environment secretary John Gummer said in response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's 17th Report, on Incineration of Waste.

Mr Gummer said: 'The Royal Commission's support for incineration is based on the new generation of plant, which differs from the old in two important respects:

first, provision will normally be made for electricity generation or combined heat and power, with the consequence that the process involves energy recovery and is therefore higher in the waste management hierarchy;

second, the need to meet the new EC emission limits will provide much greater safeguards for health and local amenity.

'We agree with the Royal Commission that incineration of waste in suitably located plants designed to meet these new standards is an environmentally acceptable form of waste disposal and should no longer represent a cause for concern to those who live and work close to such plants.

'We agree also on the desirability of recovering energy from wastes as part of a sustainable approach to waste management.'

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