Stop the Edmonton Incinerator rebuild

by Dorothea Hackman

Stop the Edmonton Incinerator rebuild

by Dorothea Hackman
Dorothea Hackman
Case Owner
I am a retired grandmother, horrified to find what North London is doing in my name instead of building a green economy. Time to stand against incineration.
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Latest: Feb. 22, 2022

More legal prongs to Stop Edmonton Incinerator

Greenwashing a rubbish incinerator!

We are standing by the merits of the StEIN case against NLWA, with a refocus on carbon capture, government takeover of NLWA, and “green bonds”. Thankyou…

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Stop the Edmonton incinerator now (StEIN) have engaged solicitors to mount a legal challenge against the North London Waste Authority contracting Acciona for the Edmonton Incinerator rebuild.

So we need funds, please donate what you can and ask your friends!

Can you spare a tenner, a fiver, a fifty or more? Don’t worry if you can’t right now, your support and best wishes are important too.

If you’d like more information go to https://stop-edmonton-incinerator.org and @stoptherebuild, but here’s some BACKGROUND

On 16th December 2021, the NLWA: North London Waste Authority met at the Crowndale Centre in Camden, one of the seven boroughs implicated, to award the Edmonton Incinerator rebuild contract to Acciona. 

A small group of the big StEIN movement was formed to explore legal avenues to challenge this decision being made on insufficient and misleading information and we have engaged Richard Buxton solicitors who sent a letter to NLWA.

The NLWA response on 14th January disputes all the grounds, but we want to establish that the decision to contract with Acciona was invalid.

Buxton have negotiated with a barrister, and a preliminary legal challenge will cost £6,000 plus VAT, so we need your help to start this challenge and hope to proceed with future costs protected.

You know the seven boroughs involved: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Waltham Forest. 

And that the incinerator is built in an area of deprivation undermining health and well-being.

And that there is overprovision of incinerators nationally and in London meaning this is a useless debt put on our children and grandchildren. 

And we should be improving recycling towards a green economy to save humanity from global warming, not burning plastic to make energy and heat.

Dorothea Hackman, a retired grandmother from North London, is taking the lead for StEIN. This is not something everyone could do, but you CAN donate, so please give what you can. Thank you so much!

Update 2

Dorothea Hackman

Feb. 22, 2022

More legal prongs to Stop Edmonton Incinerator

Greenwashing a rubbish incinerator!

We are standing by the merits of the StEIN case against NLWA, with a refocus on carbon capture, government takeover of NLWA, and “green bonds”. Thankyou to all our supporters for their unstinting contributions, we couldn’t have done this without you.

 Dorothea Hackman, the claimant in the judicial review challenging the North London Waste Authority’s plans to build an energy-from-waste incinerator in Edmonton, has decided to drop this Judicial Review due to prohibitive financial risk.

 Her announcement came after the NLWA stated in legal documents that its decision to contract Spanish company Acciona to build the plant was “not one which engages the Aarhus Convention” cost caps, which would have limited the claimant’s financial exposure but instead now creates a massive financial risk.

 Although we have the right to challenge the execution of the contract on 24 January, our pockets simply aren’t deep enough to take on a public body that relies on taxpayers to cover its legal services.

We identified numerous ways in which the NLWA had misled its board about the environmental impacts of the new Edmonton incinerator, such as by failing to clarify that the plant:

1. would emit 700,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, not 28,000 tonnes

2. would not be built “carbon capture and storage ready”

3. would cause 700,000 tonnes of surplus energy-from-waste capacity in London

4. would be built without a pre-sorting facility, which could reduce the burning of plastic recyclables by up to 70%

5. would not provide “low-carbon” heat or power

6. was based on electricity emission calculations that flout government guidelines.                  

 Aside from the threat of hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs, NLWA are trying to wriggle out of this judicial review by counting four weeks from the decision to contract Acciona rather than 30 days from the date the contract was signed, ignoring the legal precedent. Given the high financial risk, however, we will continue to hold the North London Waste Authority to account over the Edmonton incinerator through other legal channels.

 As part of the Stop the Edmonton Incinerator Now coalition – which includes Black Lives Matter, Extinction Rebellion, and a broad range of other groups and individuals – We are focusing on other strategies, such as: 

 • Calling on the government body that gave planning permission for the incinerator (BEIS) to modify its permit, known as a development consent order or DCO, to require carbon capture and storage “readiness” and a pre-sorting facility to boost the recycling of plastics.

• Persuading Michael Gove, as head of the Department of Levelling Up, to send in Government commissioners to investigate and take over the NLWA in view of “manifest incompetence, lack of accountability, and failure of [its] scrutiny function”.

• Demanding that the UK Municipal Bonds Agency immediately withdraw the “green bonds” it recently issued to finance the Edmonton plant, given that they are incompatible with the UK’s emerging taxonomy for sustainable finance and expose residents to high financial risk.

Update 1

Dorothea Hackman

Jan. 25, 2022

Amazing money raised in first week

"Thank you all so much, what an amazing group of supporters you are. 
I need to ask you to do more if you can, and to circulate this appeal in your groups and chats, as we still need to raise another five hundred to reach our first target, and will need to go for a stretch target after that.
We will soon get our first invoice from solicitors Richard Buxton, for the work they and barristers Landmark have done on examining all our evidence for a potential judicial review (JR), and that will be for £6K. 
The next step is the pre-action protocol letter, which will cost another almost £3K, so our stretch target needs to go to nine or ten thousand. 
After that we will need to consider our options about lodging a claim, which is potentially very expensive, and will keep you informed.
Please keep helping, this fundraising is all going so well, and that is thanks to you!"

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