Monday, May 19, 2008

Northeastern NIMBYs

It's enough to make you tear your hair out.

A company wants to build a 50 MW waste incinerator in Peterhead in the northeast of Scotland. They have commissioned an environmental review which states “An environmental study on behalf of the company found that, in the worst-case scenario, emissions would have no significant adverse impact on the health of residents.”

"No significant adverse impact in the worst case." So what's the response in Peterhead? - a 600 signature (and counting) petition against the proposal. It's enough to drive you mad. The proposed plant would dispose of up to half of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire's residual waste (the stuff which would ordinarily go to landfill), and would power up to 10,000 houses.

Where do these people think economically priced power is going to come from if we don't allow developments like this? And since the proposed plant is situated on an industrial estate, I don't think there can be any great visual impact either.

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