The Indepedent: Minister's cold feet on waste plant funding sets precedent

Withholding of PFI cash due to protest is bad news for similar operations planned across country.

Plans to reduce Britain's dependency on landfill sites by using waste to create electricity were thrown into doubt yesterday after the Government raised last-minute objections to a key scheme.

Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, has written to Norfolk County Council saying she is withholding £169 million of PFI funding for its waste incineration project until the council addresses local opposition.

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