What will the new power station burn?

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Opponents of a planned biomass power station at Wingland are asking the developers to “come clean” over what it will burn.

Craig Jackson, chairman of Bridge Against The Incinerator (BATI), believes the £300million waste wood power station is a Trojan horse to burn household and industrial waste.

National news reports say Drax power station – the UK’s biggest source of electricity – is converting three boilers to biomass, using seven millions tonnes of plant material a year. And Drax will have to import 90 per cent of its biomass.

Mr Jackson is asking EnergyPark Sutton Bridge, also known as PREL, to say precisely what will be burnt before plans go to the planning committee.

He said: “In the planning documents it states they want to burn a range of materials, possibly including household and industrial waste if it is no longer profitable to burn wood.”

But EnergyPark director Chris Williams said the company has no intention of burning household waste and is confident it will get all of its biomass from the UK.

He said a switch to household waste would involve applying for new permits and a new planning application, taking the company back to square one.