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What progress have you made in securing the powers to ensure that incinerators in London employ the best available air pollution reduction technologies, and can you guarantee that a rebuilt Edmonton incinerator will use these technologies?
In my London Environment Strategy, I committed to asking Government for powers to reduce emissions from currently unregulated sources of emissions. I do not consider that London needs any further incineration capacity beyond that already built or with planning permission.
Waste incineration plant are already effectively regulated by the Environment Agency, who have the powers to hold poorly performing operators to account or even stop activity on the site if emission limits are breached or if Best Available Techniques (BAT) are not implemented.
BAT is currently set at a European level, and current BAT reference documents remain the basis of permits unless and until the UK choses to revise them.
The replacement incinerator will be required to meet current BAT at the time of opening, and will therefore necessarily be less polluting than the older plant.