Secretary of State
Department of Energy & Climate Change
3 Whitehall Place
Date 14th May 2010
Dear Secretary of State,
The IPC, Covanta and Energy from Waste
Congratulations on your new appointment.
I am writing on behalf of the Marston Moreteyne Action Group, MMAG, a group of volunteers dedicated to sustainable communities and campaigning actively against plans by Covanta to build an enormous Energy from Waste plant in Rookery South Pit, Bedfordshire.
Covanta intend to submit an application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission at the end of July 2010.
We read with interest Section 11 of the Agreement on key policy areas of the Coalition Government which outlines that in respect of the environment the parties agreed to implement a full programme of measures to fulfil joint ambitions for a low carbon and eco-friendly economy, including inter alia:
• Measures to promote a huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic digestion.
• Measures to promote green spaces and wildlife corridors in order to halt the loss of habitats and restore biodiversity
The Coalition Government also agreed to increase the target for energy from renewable sources, subject to the advice of the Climate Change Committee.
We appreciate these are very early days in the life of the new Government but are also confident you will understand how keen we are for any clarification on the future of the Infrastructure Planning Commission and the Draft Policy Planning Statements (EN1&3) which will guide its approval or not of any application before it. We are also keen to learn that the new Government will be opposed to monster incinerators, masquerading as power stations, purporting to generate ‘green’ electricity which despoil and pollute forever cherished green space. Indeed what will be the policy of the Government on Energy from Waste ?
Further information on our activities can be found at www.mmetag.com
We look forward to hearing from you and wish you well in your new role.