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Views sought on waste permit plan

Waste incinerator
Opponents fear the site would damage the environment

People have been urged to have their say on plans to issue an operating permit for a waste-burning incinerator in East Yorkshire.

The Waste Recycling Group (WRG) already has planning permission to build the facility at Saltend.

But last year the Environment Agency (EA) revoked a permit it had issued to WRG over pollution fears.

The EA said it was minded to issue a new permit but is starting a month-long public consultation on Tuesday.

The original permit was revoked by the EA in January 2008. WRG submitted a new application last October.

'Strict conditions'

The EA said: "This permit will make sure that it operates without causing significant harm to the environment and human health.

"Having considered the application, all other relevant information and responses to our consultation on the application, we are now minded to grant the permit, which would, if issued, apply strict conditions to the operation of the plant.

"However, we have not yet finally made our decision and we now wish to consult the public on our position.

"Should we ultimately decide to issue the permit, this would be only the first stage in our regulation of the plant."

Copies of the draft permit can be viewed at the EA's office in Great Gutter Lane East in Hull, Hedon Library, the Central Library in Albion Street and on the EA's website.

A drop-in session will be held at the Haven Arms in Havenside, Hedon, on 16 April, so people can discuss the plans and give their views.

The Hull and Holderness Opposing the Incinerator (HOTI) group has been campaigning against the incinerator since 2005.

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