Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Prosiect Gwyrdd Unlawful - costly day for taxpayers

On the day Prosiect Gwyrdd led by Russell Goodway gets the Go ahead for Prosiect Gwyrdd..

South Wales WIN says:
This will prove a very costly day for taxpayers in Cardiff and the other Councils. Max Wallis added 
"The bureaucrats have forced through a 25-year promise to send wastes for old technology
 incineration, a dismal 22% efficient in energy terms. Cllr Russell Goodway, 
Chairman of the Joint Committee is wrong to say they will make significant savings from this project."

Anne Greagsby said "Much of the promised wastes are recyclable materials and we expect that 
increasingly stricter requirements on recycling will ban burning of them. Like other Councils 
in England who contracted for excessive tonnages of waste, future councils in Cardiff, 
Newport, Caerphilly, Monmouth and the Vale of Glamorgan will have to try and escape
from this huge long-term burden." 

Response from SNIC  :
 "Rob Hepworth, the Bishton-based Chair of Stop Newport and Monmouthshire Incinerator 
Campaign (SNIC) warned that this was not the end of the story. He said 
" What more can you expect from a cabal of profiteering corporate interests and biased officials 
 who want to impose waste policies on SE Wales that are at least 20 years out of date?
SNIC believe the decision is illegal as well as perverse. If it is allowed,  we will pay an
unacceptable price in terms of  cancer deaths, increased carbon emissions,
lower recycling and higher taxes on Newport & Monmouthshire people.”

SNIC Vice Chair Haydn Cullen-Jones of Monmouth added 
“We will  be sending today’s announcement to the European Commission as we believe it 
constitutes,  unagreed and hence unlawful, state aid to a private, speculative waste
incinerator already under construction in Cardiff.  Sadly PG have settled for the next
worst solution to landfilling residual waste and guaranteed £400m of taxpayers
money into the bargain." Monmouthshire is already close to the 2025 70% target for
recycling and hence will end up paying more and more per tonne of residual waste
for the next 25 years. While incineration in the guise of Energy from Waste
is so heavily subsidised, it is no surprise that other more financially and
environmentally viable processes have been disregarded."

Contact SNIC - Rob Hepworth  01633 413253 rghepworth@gmail.com

Future future plans for a district heating network are total fantasy as the cost 
would be enormous 

5% Recycling from bottom ash with no market for use as aggregate for 
building materials 

Silence on toxic ash - where will it go? 

Produces significant quantities of CO2.

Long-term council contracts to provide waste for incinerators will 

discourage waste reduction, reuse and recycling efforts.

Viridor signs 25-year Prosiect Gwyrdd EfW deal

Prosiect Gwyrdd contract with Viridor

Dear Cllr Goodway,
We believe that you as chair of PG take ultimate responsibility for the key financial issues being properly
 checked prior to signing the huge contract with Viridor.
The answers on two basic financial issues appear to be outstanding  
1. State Aid – the risk of the European Commission ruling the 25% WG subsidy to be illegal has
not been accessed by Accounting officers
2. No updated Value-for-Money assessment has been made, neither by the Project or by the WG review.
You should be aware that the National Audit Office has just announced it is investigating 
three 25-yr incinerator contracts in England 
also that Defra withdrew WIC (waste infrastructure credits) last week for the Norfolk CC’s incinerator, 
putting Norfolk CC in trouble over their recent 25-yr contract  
You may have seen that EdF yesterday specified the State Aid issue as needing a decision 
before they sign the Hinkley Point nuclear deal.
We question that the Project officers are capable of giving appropriate advice on these 
issues and suggest appropriate independent experts should be consulted, eg. the WAO 
who are already considering the PG contract.
From Cardiff Against the Incinerator CATI

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