Newhaven medical waste plant

A proposed medical waste plant for Newhaven has been described as ‘another bullet in the back for an already ailing town’ by one objector.

Clean Thermodynamic Energy Conversion (CTEC) is seeking planning permission for the facility at an existing unit at the East Quay Industrial Estate from East Sussex County Council.

The plant, operating as MediPower, would process 12 tonnes of non-hazardous healthcare waste a day to generate electricity and potentially heat to other port-side users.

Previously CTEC said the bulk of the waste would be items such as hospital gloves and paper towels, with only 0.05 per cent of waste containing human tissue.

Objectors have raised concerns about the effect on air quality due to the extra traffic, nearby residents, emissions on ecology, and the cumulative impact of this alongside other planned industrial developments.

Community Action Newhaven said: “CAN calls on East Sussex County Council to reject this licence application.

“We also have a wider ‘ask’ of the county council which is go a step further and to take a proper strategic look at where industry can and should go in our congested county.

“This should be based on a fair sharing out of industrial areas. Newhaven simply cannot continue to be the place where everything – from housing to industry – gets dumped.”

 

Something doesn’t add up here – did you notice the report claims the plan is to incinerate, or perhaps a pyrolysis system, and generate power and heat? And did you notice also that they claim”the bulk of the waste would be items such as hospital gloves and paper towels, with only 0.05 per cent of waste containing human tissue.”

Surely, something amiss with the plan, the choice of technology, and the expected feedstock not adding up. Or is it the original reporting that is heading toward hyperbole?

 

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