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Dartmoor incinerator plan critics 'to carry on'

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

Critics of plans for an incinerator which would create energy from waste near Dartmoor in Devon have said they will continue their protests.

Viridor Waste Management wants to build the incinerator on a former quarry it owns at Lee Mill.

About 250 people attended a protest meeting about the incinerator in Ivybridge on Saturday. Critics say it would adversely affect the environment.

A two-month public consultation process is due to finish in mid-April.

Devon County Council is carrying out the public consultation after receiving a planning application from Viridor last month.

'Proven technology'

The firm is one of three companies which have been asked to come up with waste disposal solutions for south Devon.

Other proposed sites are at Ernesettle and Devonport in Plymouth.

As well as featuring plans for an incinerator which would produce electricity for 45,000 homes, Viridor said the proposal for the "resource recovery centre" would also includes plans for an ash treatment and recycling facility.

Incinerator meeting
About 250 people attended a protest meeting over the plans

But critics have said there are still a "huge number" of problems with the plan.

Campaigner Frankie Dolan said: "There are risks to health, pollution, ash possibly getting into rivers, and huge CO2 emissions."

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.

Mark Turner from partnership said: "Energy from waste forms a large part of integrated waste management on the continent.

"We in the UK are on catch-up because we've relied on a lot of landfill."

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