Press Release – Fundraising for Appeal Hearing Launched

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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

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Ampthill Park House Event
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