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Coalition issues letter to Michael Gove on Edmonton EfW concerns

North London environmental justice coalition ‘Stop the Edmonton Incinerator Now’ (StEIN) has written to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Department of Levelling Up, in a 10-page letter, regarding concerns about the planned Edmonton incinerator.

chimneyThe coalition includes Black Lives Matter, Extinction Rebellion, trade unions and other groups and individuals, with its letter following the Islington Tribune’s report that Gove had decided to investigate NLWA’s accounts.

In it, the coalition welcomes the Secretary of State’s decision to determine whether the waste authority’s plans for the Edmonton incinerator ‘represent value for money’, asserting that Gove must act to prevent ‘damage’.

The coalition raises several concerns, including issues related to the £800 million Edmonton incinerator contract, and issues related to audit firm Mazars’ review of NLWA accounts.

StEIN’s letter also refers to the UK Municipal Bonds Agency’s (UKMBA) intention to issue a green bond to fund the facility’s construction, labelling NLWA’s communications campaign as ‘reckless misinformation’, which could ‘damage both the credibility of UKMBA and investor confidence in bonds’.

Carina Millstone, founder of the StEIN coalition, said: “We expect Secretary Gove’s investigators to scrutinise all the issues we’ve raised.

“This AGM will be watched closely, not only by North London politicians, residents, and waste sector experts who oppose current plans for the Edmonton incinerator, but undoubtedly also by Gove and his team of investigators."