Questions for Worcestershire County Council 15th November 2012-11-13
These are questions in relation to the proposed mass burn incinerator
The Councils signed the waste contract in 1998 have they been paying costs in relation
to the capital cost of the EfW
Which contract variation provides for the balloon payment and what is the estimated
value of this. Please provide a copy of the variation. What is the Councils understanding
of the legality of the balloon payment and or any extension of the contract in relation
Other Councils have the full business case and life time cost. Annex to these questions
is an email from Defra indicating that the full contract should be provided. Why
has the Council ignored this advice and that of Margaret Hodge MP chair of the Public
accounts committee, that waste is not sensitive information. Please provide a copy
of the full contract with all variations. If you are not prepared to give a full
copy then please give a full legal basis as to why you are refusing this request
and detail the specific contract paragraph numbers that fall within your contract.
In relation to electricity production what are the costs of linking up to the grid
If the plant failed either to the grid or produce the estimated 13.5K watts to the
grid would this amount to a repudiatory breach of the contract. Please provide their
feasibility study or risk assessment.
Why is the risk of methane gas migration not in the risk register. What is your risk
assessment of it; please provide a copy of it.
Why would the council purchase land that has been shown by Mr Mark Bishop that the
same land that was contaminated and is at risk of methane migration and how was this
information considered when purchasing the land.
What is the affordability envelope of the project.
CHP annexed here to is an email from Paul Michael detailing his calculation of the
loss of £116 million potential revenue due to unavailable large quantities of natural
water supply and lack of full end user take up. What is the Councils calculation
for lost revenue?
Councillor Ken Pollock stated on the 9th February his need for reassurance as scrutiny
member that the project would cost less than a billion pounds. Has this concrete
evidence been provided? On the 20th July Cllr Pollock tweeted his delights at planning
permission being passed he has subsequently refused to call it into scrutiny stating
it would be inappropriate. Please can the full scrutiny panel provide a response
as to why it is wrong to scrutinise this contract.
Cllr Blagg has said there is no requirement to give a fixed amount of waste to Mercia.
This has been contradicted by Cllr Bloomfield in public. Is there a fixed quantity
or calorific value that will be required to be given to Mercia Waste.
European Resource Efficient Directive no recyclables can be burnt after 2017