The British public have voiced considerable opposition to Veolia's Hoddesdon waste-to-energy project. The project involves the development of a power plant in Hertfordshire, England, which would generate 33.5 MW from 350,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste.
The opposition comes through responses to a public inquiry into the project, launched by the Environment Agency at the request of the UK government's Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.
Most of the responses received were from residents, who reiterated previously expressed concerns over air quality, traffic, odour and house prices, among other concerns. Other residents criticised the fact that the Agency issued a draft acceptance of the plan before the public inquiry. Several residents took issue with the timing of the consultation, criticising the fact it fell during the summer holiday months and a perceived lack of advertising and publicity.
The Environment Agency has stated that it will take into account any relevant matter raised in the responses received before making its final decision on the project.