A 65 MW energy-from-waste facility has been given the go-ahead in the UK – the first planning decision approved by the country’s new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

The Rookery South plant will be built in a former brick clay pit in Bedfordshire by Canadian company Covanta Energy.

The UK’s energy minister Charles Hendry said: “A new energy from waste plant at Rookery South is an important development for energy security and for the environmental recovery of waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill.”

The IPC was set up in 2009 to examine major national infrastructure projects such as energy developments.

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