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3:52pm 17th November 2011

Cornwall's controversial incinerator could still go ahead.

Protestors won a legal challenge to block the waste burner at St Dennis.

But now the government has decided to challenge that decision.

The Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, is going to the Court of Appeal.

Pat Blanchard speaks for campaign group STIG and tells Pirate FM the fight goes on: "It's a struggle for us. That doesn't mean that you don't do what you have to do. If you're going to be intimidated by the fact that you're up against somebody bigger, what does that say about you? You have to fight for what you think is right."

Pat adds the whole saga is costing Cornish taxpayers: "There's so much that could be done to put this thing right without spending, we're looking at somewhere in the region of two hundred million pounds if an incinerator does eventually go ahead. It's very costly. The whole last six years has been costly."

Cornwall Council and SITA, the company building the waste plant, have welcomed the government's decision.

In a statement, it says "We hope that the appeal will be heard as quickly as possible, as the people of Cornwall need clarity over the way their waste problem will be managed."

"We remain convinced that the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre is the best financial, technical and environmental solution for Cornwall. If the Secretary for State's appeal is upheld, in due course, then it will bring us all a step closer to putting Cornwall's residual waste to good use, with the production of enough energy to power around 21,000 homes and the ability to provide heat to local industry."

3:52pm 17th November 2011

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