Fundraising for Court of Appeal Hearing Launched 


Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator (BACI)

Press Release – General Release Date 04/04/19

BACI is now in a position to launch its funding for the Court of Appeal Hearing and its second visit to the Royal Courts of Justice in London 2/3 July 2019.

People Power and Community Spirit together have taken this forward to the Court of Appeal to continue to legally challenge the effects that the Covanta Incinerator will have on Marston Vale, their lives, their families and generations to come.

BACI still needs local generosity – but realises the support of the wider community will help to send a clear message to Covanta of continuing opposition to its plans. 

To that end we have managed to enlist the support of Sir Timothy and Lady Clifford who occupy the Central accommodation of Ampthill Park House – a dominant feature on the landscape from most angles of Marston Vale.

We have been invited to hold an exclusive ‘Thank You’ Garden Party in the grounds of the House on 3 August 2019 – where small parties of guests will be given a guided tour of the House by Sir Timothy himself . There are true stories of Charles 1, Henry V111 and Katherine of Aragon and many, many more to delight and amaze. We also plan for Special Guest appearances to make this a visit and day to remember. The House stands within panoramic unspoilt countryside less than two miles from the proposed site of the Covanta Incinerator putting its – and the Vale’s historical heritage severely at risk.

We will encourage Local Business and individuals to financially support this stage of the campaign and the lucky few will receive a pair of invitations to this unique event. Further details are available on our website bedsagainstincinerator.com .  Numbers will be strictly limited to ensure exclusivity and security. To ensure our regular supporters are not disadvantaged – there will be at least 2 pairs of invitations in a free draw for all other donors. Further T&C details and registration requirements for security reasons will be published on the BACI Website.

BACI intends to host other events and competitions in the coming months – some with an emphasis on children and families.

The BACI ongoing legal challenge is in respect OF the Environmental Permit issued by the Environment Agency which currently does not protect Stewartby Lake and the River Great Ouse – including the local reservoir – from contamination BY heavy metals VIA fugitive emissions from the plant.

The Application Documents submitted by Covanta to the Environment Agency wrongly claimed that heavy metals contained in the forty tonnes of Incinerator Bottom Ash produced as a by-product every single day (150 000 tons a year) – are not expected to dissolve.  The filtration system proposed by Covanta IS totally inadequate and will not be able to stop these dissolved metals in fugitive ash from being discharged into the Rookery Pit attenuation pond – and subsequently into Stewartby Lake and beyond.

To comply with current legislation – the Environment Agency permit under challenge clearly states that there will be No Pollution to Surface water. The filtration system – however – is not fit for this purpose and therefore the risk to Stewartby Lake and beyond can never be prevented. At best it can only ever be minimised by all other current systems/assurances.

The legislation does not allow for any pollution to surface water and therefore there are no ’emissions values’ set for this pollution path.  Consequently as  there are no emissions levels set – the Environment Agency’s current permit does not require Covanta to undertake any ongoing monitoring to the surface water they discharge it from the plant.

The Environment Agency and Covanta have been given ample opportunity to correct this flaw – and to  respect the safety of both the Lake and the residents of Marston Vale and beyond – but choose to fight (even through the Courts) to leave the dangers of pollution totally unchecked and indeed unmonitored for the next 35 years.

We cannot sit back and allow this development to go forward endangering our environment and neighbourhood without using every possible legal opportunity to protect ourselves from totally unnecessary pollution – and therefore The Fight Continues!

BACI (Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator) was formed in 2016 to oppose the Covanta Incinerator at Rookery Pit South and has no political affiliations.  For more details – please contact Nicola Ryan-Raine bedsagainstcovantaincinerator@gmail.com


Court of Appeal Hearing 2/3 July 2019 – Fundraising Targets 

The dates for the Court of Appeal have been set to either 2nd or 3rd July 2019 at the Royal Court of Justice.

Following successfully reaching the target for the permission stage of the Appeal – the target for this period of Fundraising – to take us up and including the Hearing –  is £29,600.

Don’t forget to register your details for the free draw for the exclusive Ampthill Park House Garden Party. Donate £5 and over to be in the final draw. Donate £50 and over to be in an exclusive draw of just 20 tickets – or donate £1,000 to receive your 2 complimentary invitations to the Unique Thank you Party on 3 August 2019 – see more details here

Donate Here

Thank you for your continued support.

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Judicial Review High Court Ruling 

Press Release 06/11/18

BACI (Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator) has today [06/11/18] received the judgment from the Courts regarding the Judicial Review Claim against the Environment Agency’s issue of an operating permit for Covanta’s Rookery Pit Incinerator.

It is with great disappointment that we must announce that the Judge has ruled in favour of the Environment Agency and has dismissed our claim to quash the Permit.

In her judgment the Judge conceded that Covanta had made a factual and scientific error in its permit application.  The Judge also acknowledged that the Environment Agency had not made any clarification or disclaimer concerning this error – either during the consultation process or in the decision document. She concluded however – that she finds that the Environment Agency did not adopt the error into the permit that was issued.

This campaign has truly been a community effort and has united residents from many different Towns and villages in and around the Marston Vale in a common cause.

If developed the Covanta Incinerator could be operating for up to 40 years and will signal the beginning of re-industrialization of the Marston Vale and the end of regeneration of the area.

In order to give residents the best possible opportunity to continue to fight this – we will be seeking legal advice regarding the viability of an Appeal against the decision.  Our initial feelings are that the reasoning and judgment appears somewhat contradictory and there appears to be reliance on precedents set by other claims that need reviewing in the pollution threatened world we find ourselves in at the moment.

We will be going through the judgment in more detail and further information will be available on our website https://bedsagainstincinerator.wordpress.com/ shortly.

Although the current situation is obviously not the best outcome – taking control and taking a statutory regulatory body to court is an achievement in itself – and gives a clear message to both Covanta and the Environment Agency that the public have a voice and will be watching their every move.

BACI (Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator) was formed in 2016 to oppose the Covanta Incinerator at Rookery Pit South and has no political affiliations.  For more details – please contact Nicola Ryan-Raine bedsagainstcovantaincinerator@gmail.com

Please Click Here to View the Full Judgement Document

Please Click Here for BACI’s 2 Day Substantive Court Hearing Dates – 10th and 11th October 2018 :

  • Full Write Up of the events of the 2 days
  • Full Photo Gallery
  • Extra information video regarding the basis of the Judicial Review claim and showing current progress in the pit 

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A massive thank you to everybody who sent good luck messages throughout the 2 days – sorry we were unable to take any photos or videos inside the Court Building itself.

Thank you all for your Continued Support

Please Click Here for more detail regarding the Judicial Review Process

Please Click Here for a write up of the 2 Day Court Hearing- photos and extra information video

If there are any funds left over at any point – this will be used either in the wider campaign (if this is still existing) for example on air pollution monitoring equipment or another local project.

More Information

The Covanta Incinerator – Background
The Covanta Incinerator – Environmental Permitting Process
The Covanta Incinerator – Main Points
Concerns regarding Incineration as a process
Incineration, Recycling and the Circular Economy – Slides

Community Liaison Panel Minutes and Handouts

BACI’s Submission to 1st Consultation in full
BACI’s Submission to 2nd Consultation in full

Marston Moreteyne Action Group site – lots of information dating back to 2010