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Waste incinerator plans submitted

Artist's impression of incinerator (pic: Viridor)
Some locals fear an incinerator could adversely affect the environment

Plans for an incinerator in Devon have been submitted to the county council.

Viridor Waste Management hopes to build the incinerator, which would create energy from waste, on a former quarry it owns at Lee Mill, near Dartmoor.

The controversial plans have raised concerns from some local residents who believe alternatives would be better for the area.

A Viridor spokeswoman said the company would "engage with the local community throughout the application process".

In December about 300 people took part in a demonstration against plans for the incinerator, claiming it would adversely affect the environment.

They would prefer the use of anaerobic digesters which compost waste, in the absence of oxygen, to produce a biogas which can be used to generate electricity and heat.

However, Viridor has stated that the "resource recovery centre" would be safe and would produce electricity for 45,000 homes.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: "Viridor has today submitted its planning application to Devon County Council for a Resource Recovery Centre at New England, Lee Mill.

"Our Environmental Permit application will be submitted to the Environment Agency in the coming weeks."

Viridor is one of three firms which have been asked to come up with solutions for the disposal of waste in south Devon.

Other proposed sites are at Ernesettle and Devonport in Plymouth.

The South West Devon Waste Partnership, which has a £1.5bn, 30-year, energy-from-waste plan, will make a decision about the preferred bidders in the spring.

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