Buttington Quarry - ERF
From Matt Goodall
I am writing to voice my objection to the Buttington Incinerator in the strongest possible terms.
Should this application be approved it will make a mockery of the ‘Towards Zero Waste’ policy and send a clear message that the Welsh Government are not taking the challenge of climate change seriously.
That the application was submitted after the moratorium on incinerators in Wales was announced, only further enforces the mixed messaging and degrades the commitments already made.
Powys has one of the highest recycling levels in the UK but this application aims to turn Buttington into the waste disposal center of not just Mid Wales, but parts of England as well. The application freely admits domestic and commercial waste of all kinds will need to be transported from a huge radius to keep the plant running 24/7.
That the location was ever selected is baffling – it’s less than one mile away from a primary school, aside a valley which is known to ‘trap’ air by the process of inversion, and is only accessible by a completely inappropriate road. The alternative site search in the application appears to be written retrospectively to fit the Buttington Quarry and ignores the many factors that make it completely unsuitable for an incinerator.
As we face what is undoubtedly going to be a climate crisis, pumping more carbon into the atmosphere so that a corporation – set up specifically to develop this monstrosity – can make profits from carbon creation makes zero sense now and could be judged very harshly in the not too distant future.
This incinerator plans to be the first impression for many tourists travelling to Wales, and be a constant source of mental, and evidence suggests, physical harm for the community surrounding it.
I trust you will do the right thing by the people of Powys and refuse this application.