UK: Inspector has more Riverside EfW plant questions

A planning inspector has asked further questions of Cory Riverside Energy’s planned expansion of its south-east London EfW plant. 

In an update issued last Friday, Cory was asked about the London Borough of Havering’s concerns that nickel and chromium VI emissions could "generate a significant or potentially significant impact" on Rainham.

Cory was further asked to state whether it expects to be able to give any further commitment or certainty before the end of the examination confirming the amount, quality and the location of the biodiversity off-setting, which was proposed in its planning application. 

Finally, the inspector also asked the London Borough of Bexley to comment on whether a lack of certainty on biodiversity off-setting would outweigh the benefits of the proposed development. 

The EfW plant’s expansion, which was revealed in November 2017, is a planned increase in the plant’s waste treatment capacity by 650,000t/yr to about 1.4Mt/yr. It would also add another 96MWe of capacity to the site’s current 72MWe. Cory has said creating a district heating network was an objective of the work.

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