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Green candidate seeks to halt waste incineration

GREEN PARTY mayoral candidate Darren Johnson plans to block the construction of waste incineration plants in London after this week accepting the environment brief in Ken Livingstone's administration.

A spokesman for Johnson said that he would first work to stop plans for a plant in Edmonton, north London, and would try to halt future plans for others as he favours greater emphasis on recycling.

The move comes despite recent lobbying from leading waste industry figures that Britain needs to build at least 100 waste incineration plants to comply with the EU directive to reduce waste to landfill.

Johnson's department will also take responsibility for air pollution, noise, biodiversity and the Thames.

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