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D-day for scheme to treat hospital waste.

Byline: THOMAS MARTIN

PLANNING chiefs are to decide whether to allow the UK's first treatment plant for hospital waste to be built near homes.

The plant, which would clean the waste with steam, would be built 160 yards from houses.

Warrington's development control committee will be asked to decide today if the scheme can go ahead off the A49 Winwick Road in Longford.

The committee has failed to reach a decision once and been invited to travel to Ireland to see a similar plant.

More than 200 residents oppose the scheme and there are also objections from Warrington North MP Helen Jones, the district Trades Union Council, Warrington Collegiate Institute and Consignia, the former Post Office group.

North Cheshire health authority says it is not in a position to give an opinion on the potential health impact of the scheme and the Environment Agency, while not objecting, says it cannot comment on the technology nor predict the extra chemical or biological levels it would cause.

The plants would steam-clean waste brought in plastic bags from health centres, hospitals, clinics and surgeries.

Council officers are recommending approval.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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