Plans to build an incineration/gasification plant and associated waste sorting station in Westbury have come under fire.
South West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison has written to Wiltshire Council to oppose a planning application.
“More heavy lorries belching fumes as they cart the region’s waste though the town centre is just not on,” he said.
He is tabling questions in the Commons about Public Health England’s assessment of health risks from emissions and particulates from municipal energy from waste plants.
Dr Murrison added: “I have done some work on the evidence published so far and agree that, from what’s been reported, the risks to health from emissions in plants like this do seem to be low. However, they cannot be ruled out, which means the precautionary principle should apply to applications involving sites close to where people live. Where there’s doubt, incinerators, pyrolysis and gasification plants should be located as far from human habitation as possible, not right on top of it.
“It’s also important to point out that most of the waste, if the proposed plant becomes fully operational, would travel long distances to get to Westbury. The town has no bypass which means more heavy traffic on the A350 right through the middle of the town where, in places, air quality is already poor.”