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  • 2014
    • Council is told to ‘buy King’s Lynn incinerator site so it can’t be built’ 29-04-2014

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    • King’s Lynn incinerator win fuels fight against similar Canadian plan 15-04-2014

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    • Norfolk incinerator inquiry sparks criticism from both sides 15-04-2014

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    • Incinerator defeated 14-04-2014

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    • Government department says it is still looking at King’s Lynn incinerator plan 08-04-2014

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    • Norfolk County Council ends King’s Lynn incinerator contract 07-04-2014

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    • Campaigners hail community power as the King’s Lynn incinerator is scrapped 07-04-2014

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    • End it now: MPs urge councillors to kill off King’s Lynn incinerator at extraordinary meeting 29-03-2014

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    • Date set for new council vote on King’s Lynn incinerator 21-03-2014

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    • Minister accused of ‘wholly unreasonable’ delay on King’s Lynn incinerator decision 10-03-2014

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    • Norfolk County councillor quits Labour group in protest at incinerator proposals 27-02-2014

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    • CROSS-PARTY GROUP TO CALL ANOTHER COUNTY COUNCIL EGM TO TERMINATE THE WILLOWS INCINERATOR CONTRACT 13-02-2014

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    • ‘We must scrap the King’s Lynn incinerator’, say councillors 13-02-2014

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    • Government delays planning decision on King’s Lynn incinerator 13-01-2014

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  • 2013
    • Candles burn to stop Incinerator 31-12-2013

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    • Government calls for new comments on King’s Lynn incinerator scheme 06-12-2013

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    • INCINERATOR - ‘Work’ on burner site not worth digging into 14-08-2013

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    • Council puts incinerator decision on back burner 18-06-2013

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    • INCINERATOR - Axe the burner now, Tory councillor demands 16-06-2013

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  • 2012
    • KING’S LYNN INCINERATOR: MP to raise issue of public purse paying for Cory’s legal bill 12-12-2012

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    • Calendar to help King’s Lynn incinerator battle 07-12-2012

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    • KING’S LYNN INCINERATOR: Opening scenes of pre-inquiry 29-11-2012

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INCINERATOR: Claims provoke response

8th December 2010 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News

NORFOLK County Council has responded to last week’s report in the Lynn News on bad experiences with waste incinerators in two other parts of England.

Campaigners against the incinerator proposed for Lynn outlined their concerns by referring to dioxin emission problems encountered with a plant on the Isle of Wight, run by Waste Gas Technology, and the continuing financial burden from one near Maidstone in Kent, built with private finance initiative help.

County council spokesman John Birchall said: “The Isle of Wight plant that encountered problems is a gasification demonstration project. This is not the same technology as that proposed for Saddlebow.

“There are energy from waste plants operating all over the country and Europe without any such problems, but this is not mentioned. One three times the size of Saddlebow is currently being commissioned at Riverside in the centre of London.”

On the Maidstone plant, he said: “There is no possible comparison with Kent. The Saddlebow plant is of a size that allows for increased recycling in Norfolk.

“Kent may or may not regret its decision ten years ago, but what we can say is that in Norfolk the switch from landfill to this plant will save £8 million a year.

“Put another way, without this plant, or an equally effective alternative, council taxpayers will have to shell out hard-earned cash to cover the extra £8million cost.”

Mr Birchall pointed out: “The fundamental issue is the concern that the plant will emit pollutants that will affect people’s health and the environment, yet objective examination of the evidence tells us that these fears have been blown up out of all proportion.

“It is the national and international agencies, not Norfolk County Council, that have carried out and reviewed all the research and data and say that modern well-run energy from waste plants are safe and pose no significant risk to human health or the environment.”

n In Friday’s paper, it was reported that 313 people unanimously voted against the incinerator at a public meeting in Lynnsport last Tuesday.

In fact, 240 people were at Lynnsport and they all voted against the incinerator. The 313 figure was the total from that meeting plus two others, at Clenchwarton and North Wootton, held in the same week.

Paul Moore, who arranged the Lynnsport meeting, said the county council was invited to send a representative to answer questions, but nobody turned up despite follow-up emails.

Local environmental consultant Richard Burton and farmers campaign leader Mike Knights told the meeting why they believed the incinerator would be bad for West Norfolk.

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