Last night driving home past Battlefield, you could see a clear line of smoke tracking east, spewing out of the brand new Shrewsbury incinerator chimney. Lit up by the moon against a clear night sky, the plume was floating past up above our heads, but inside the car you could, nevertheless, smell the burned matter quite distinctly.
That’s hardly surprising as the Shrewsbury incinerator is finally being commissioned (over the Christmas break to avoid active opposition. There is no mention of it in The Shropshire Star of course or on BBC Shropshire Radio) in preparation to burn 270,000 tonnes of waste matter being brought here from all over the West Midlands, one container lorry dumping its load every five minutes burning the unknown and unknowable contents round the clock. Nothing could be more dangerous for the people expected to breathe this s***, bar a nuclear power station melting down on our doorstep.
Walking with my son this afternoon, a day with light winds of no particular direction, you could pick up the same smell of burnt matter across The Quarry and over the English Bridge into the town centre. Walking back up our street, I mentioned the smell to the neighbour. She said she’d been puzzled as to what it was. I had the dubious privilege of being able to inform her. She went silent.
Now back in the house, I feel as if I’ve had a layer of chemical particles planted across my throat. I am belching constantly and feeling nauseous. This stupidity (the incinerator) was resisted by Shropshire Council, who received a bill for legal costs of nearly £1 million in failing to do so successfully. More’s the pity. People are now about to pay a far higher price with their health.
We are faced with activation of this abomination from Veolia the same idiots who control the pick-up of our domestic rubbish with a fantastically lucrative contract from the Council that secures them and their earnings for a comfortable twenty years without the need to face any competitive bids. Ensuring the people of Shrewsbury and its environs now fully comply with government death targets is another highly lucrative contract for this deadly corporation. It won’t be long as far as I can see before rates of sickness surge. It’s £90 million very well spent, if you support the depopulation agenda and plan to make Shrewsbury into a ‘sustainable’ town. The problem for the citizens is the that the idea of lowering population means we won’t be able to sustain health, life or anything else.
That’s certainly not something that will bother Veolia.
The name Veolia makes me think of nothing other than saying the phrase ‘violently sick’ except the actual event takes over during the first syllable.
Reports from Ireland indicate that rates of death around incinerators can be expected to rise, along with birth defects and all the other health effects associated with high levels of chemical pollution. How nice of these people to bring this evil to our homes in sleepy Shrewsbury. The famous Town Of Flowers will from now on be wilting under its load, literally incinerated. So much for the plans to build a University here. What will the students be studying? Hospital ceilings. Hospices. Funeral homes. Undertaking. Asthma. Cancer. Defective foetuses. I could add to the list, but you get the picture.
The Town Of Toxic Fumes can lay its gratitude for a much reduced future at the feet of its supposed hero, Charles Darwin, whose learned works led on to the eugenics movement, the holocaust, Malthus, the RIO Earth Summit, and the consequent 21st Century depopulation agenda. Darwinism, the brutal philosophy associated with his name, and already responsible for killing millions all over the world, came home today. All is set to deliver Darwinian misery all over the town from hereon, the town near to where he was born and the town where he is still, for some inexplicable reason, highly regarded.
This extract from an assessment made in Ireland of the likely effects of this health-destroying abomination gives you what people will soon be contending with in sleepy Shrewsbury.
Particulates, or particulate matter (PM) is a complex mixture of organic and inorganic particles that can be solid, liquid or both, suspended in the air. There is a large, and increasing body of research highlighting the health dangers of particulates found in incinerator emissions. Research done in 2004 by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn found that:
- PM increases the risk of respiratory death in infants under 1 year, affects the rate of lung function development, aggravates asthma and causes other respiratory symptoms such as cough and bronchitis in children;
- PM2.5 seriously affects health, increasing deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and lung cancer. Increased PM2.5 concentrations increase the risk of emergency hospital admissions for cardiovascular and respiratory causes; and
- PM10 affects respiratory morbidity, as indicated by hospital admissions for respiratory illness (WHO fact sheet, 2005; 2).
In terms of heavy metals, several of the metals found in the emissions and ash produced by incinerators are known or suspected carcinogens. These toxins accumulate in the body over time. In children they have been implicated in childhood problems including autism, dyslexia, allergies, impulsive behaviour attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as learning difficulties, lowered intelligence and delinquency. Exposed adults have demonstrated higher levels of violence, dementia and depression than in non-exposed adults. They have also been implicated in Parkinson’s disease. Inhalation of some of them, such as nickel, beryllium, chromium, cadmium and arsenic, is found to increase the risk of lung cancer. Mercury, one of the most dangerous heavy metals, is neurotoxic and implicated in learning disabilities, hyperactivity as well as Alzheimer’s Disease.
The report also found that a large number of the toxins emitted by incinerators can cause damage to the immune system. It is now thought that the synergistic effect of the combination of various toxins is likely to have an even more potent and damaging effect on immunity than any pollutant in isolation. Most of these chemicals are fat-soluble and accumulate in the fatty organs and tissue. They are particularly dangerous to the unborn child because many of these toxins are actively transmitted to the foetus across the mother’s placenta, for the body mistakes heavy metals for essential minerals. Until very late in the pregnancy, the only fatty tissues that the foetus has, is its nervous system and particularly the brain, so it is there that they accumulate.
The National Research Council was established to advise the US government on the extent of population that would be exposed to health hazards by an incinerator. They concluded that,
Persistent air pollutants, such as dioxins, furans and mercury can be dispersed over large regions – well beyond local areas and even the countries from which the sources emanate. Food contaminated by an incinerator facility might be consumed by local people close to the facility or far away from it. Thus, local deposition on food might result in some exposure of populations at great distances, due to transport of food to markets. However, distant populations are likely to be more exposed through long-range transport of pollutants and low-level widespread deposition on food crops at locations remote from an incineration facility (B.S.E.M.report,2005;34).
When looking at the updated incinerators that cause less air pollution, they found that they cause more toxic ash, which is easily wind-borne. It is of critical importance, that there is still no adequate method for disposing with this toxic fly ash and that it has a record of being poorly regulated.
The evaluated cost of incineration is enormous, not just in the waste disposal costs, which are very high, but also in health and environmental damage, which can cost countries billions to address. It was exactly for these types of situations that the Precautionary Principle was introduced into national and international law. A recent review of health effects of incinerators found a positive exposure-disease association with cancer and congenital malformations. It would therefore seem that from the evidence presented in this report, that building municipal waste incinerations not only contravenes the Precautionary Principle but possibly, European law.
Finally, the authors of the report note that,
Taking into account these results and the difficulty in identifying causes of cancers and other chronic diseases, it is a matter of considerable concern that incinerators have been introduced without a comprehensive system to study their health effects and that further incinerators are being planned without comprehensive monitoring either of emission or of the health of the local population. (B.S.E.M. report, 2005; 21)
As Professor C. V. Howard from the Centre for Molecular Biosciences, University of Ulster, concluded in his foreword on the report,
Incineration destroys accountability and this encourages industries to go on making products that lead to problematic toxic wastes. Once the waste has been reduced to ash who can say who made what? The past 150 years has seen a progressive “toxification” of the waste stream with heavy metals, radionuclides and synthetic halogenated organic molecules. It is time to start reversing that trend. We won’t achieve that while we continue to incinerate waste.
Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association (IDEA)
TAP – If Veolia want to disguise what they’re up to (why else is there a media blanket over the firing of the incinerator?), they should wait for a windy day and then fire their plant. It’s nice and dark in the evenings, and people are all relaxed enjoying their Christmas break, but there’s no wind. So the noxious fumes are hanging around giving the game away.