Today, the district court sustained an appeal that had been filed by Bürgerintiative Saubere Luft from Emden, the Vereniging Zuivere Energie and Mobilisation against the license for new waste incineration by EEW in Delfzijl, one of the largest in the Netherlands, that incinerates waste from the Netherlands and England.
Waste incineration is not only non-sustainable because incinerated waste cannot be reused, it also produces harmful nitrogen, e.g. in the Wadden Sea and the Ems Dollard.
Apart from the existing waste incineration, EEW has also built a new incineration line in order to incinerate even more waste. The intention is to increase EEW’s capacity from 384,000 tons of waste to 576,000 tons. This expansion will result in even more waste supply. A lot of waste is brought in from England by ship. This will result in harmful nitrogen on the Wadden Sea, the Wadden Islands and in Dutch and German nature reserves. As a result of the nuisance caused by nitrogen, many protected nature areas in the Netherlands and Germany are not doing well.
The province of Groningen agreed to the expansion on the basis of an old license that was issued in 2007. The district court held that this old license had expired years ago and that new waste incineration could not be added to it.
The clients are represented by Bondine Kloostra.