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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Environmental groups abandon opposition to King’s Lynn incinerator - Environment - Eastern Daily Press

Environmental groups abandon opposition to King’s Lynn incinerator - Environment - Eastern Daily Press

SO the RSPB, Natural England and the Environment Agency are now happy for the Incinerator to be built in King's Lynn - WELL I AM NOT!!!!!!!

In the EDP today it states that the RSPB have received 'new information' which 'addressed their concerns'. I have emailed the RSPB to ask them what the 'new information' is. I will post their reply on here when received*.

Also see Ian Borrman's letter to the Lynn News today stating that he is ceasing his membership with the RSPB: http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/community/letters/why-i-m-giving-them-the-bird-1-3596618#.T1fne2P0yaQ.blogger

REPLY TO MY EMAIL SENT TO THE RSPB
*
"Dear Penny

Thank you for your email to the RSPB on 7th March regarding the RSPB’s position on the incinerator proposal in King’s Lynn.

With the King’s Lynn incinerator we were worried about the potential impact of emissions on the incredible habitat of the Wash Estuary, its birds and other wildlife. We challenged the developers to provide additional information on emissions. Once provided with this, we studied it against our knowledge of the tolerance levels of the birds and their prey species found in the Wash. We concluded that there was no scientific basis for our original concerns.

This information came from a document entitled 'Appendix 7: Information to inform an appropriate assessment' and was part of the further information submitted by the applicant to Norfolk County Council on 13 January 2012, in response to the initial consultation period in 2011. This information was available on the County Council website during the January to February consultation period earlier this year, and is still available there for reference.

We are absolutely passionate about protecting special places like the Wash, so rest assured that if hard science shows a risk to an important habitat we will work tirelessly and actively campaign to protect it. We are confident that based on our research, this is not one of those cases.

I am sorry that this decision has upset you and that you seen it as us supporting the plans for the incinerator. I’d like to emphasise that this is not the case, we neither support nor object to the incinerator.

I hope this helps explain why we have made this decision and I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please, if you do have further questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope this letter reassures you about the RSPBs continued commitment to protect the natural world.
Paul Forecast
Regional Director, Eastern England
"

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