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Norfolk incinerator claws back PFI credits from Spelman

PFI credits for a Norfolk incinerator that were controversially withheld by environment secretary Caroline Spelman have been released.

Spelman withheld credits worth £91M for the King’s Lynn energy from waste incinerator in November citing concerns over public opposition.

She asked that Norfolk County Council submit further evidence that local consultation had taken place and there was consensus behind the project. Spelman is now “satisfied” that this criteria has been met.

However, it is likely that the incinerator will still be challenged legally. The borough where the incinerator is due to be built — Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk – is reported to have set aside £250,000 to fund legal action.

Opposition groups also have support from local Tory MPs Elizabeth Truss and Henry Bellingham.

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