Dear Dr Broomfield,
You may recall meeting Dr Dick van Steenis & myself at Shrewsbury in Feb 2008.
There’s more concern now about incinerator emissions than then:
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The pair have carried out a study of figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which they say shows death rates and health problems are far more prevale…
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I assume you’ve seen this article in Private Eye (23 Jan-5 Feb 2015) and the rather silly letter
by Jacob Hayler that’s in the current issue.
Your 3 Jan 2012 report (pages 10 & 12) wrongly suggests that mapping infant mortality rates at electoral ward level around incinerators
is an unreliable technique to demonstrate a causal link between exposure to incinerator emissions and infant mortality.
Perhaps it’s easier if you’d care to suggest what factor(s) besides decreasing levels of pollution (following the switch to clean North Sea Gas and the shut-down
of Battersea Power Station) caused falling infant death rates in the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth, which suddenly
reversed in the three Boroughs most exposed to emissions from SELCHP incinerator while the rate in Wandsworth continued to fall after SELCHP started in 1993
as seen in this graph:
Wandsworth is rarely exposed to emissions from SELCHP and you’ll easily be able to confirm that the six London Boroughs
with the highest infant mortality rates for the 3-year period 1965-67 are as follows, all over 20.0 per 1,000 live births and
also clustered around Battersea Power Station. Kensington & Chelsea (K&C) had the highest infant death rate of all London Boroughs
at 23.0 per 1,000. By 1978-80, K&C’s infant death rate was 15th-highest in London and in 1985-87 it was 2nd-lowest.
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If you’ve a map of London Boroughs handy, you’ll see that the above five Boroughs with the highest 1965-67 infant death rates form a single cluster
& that Hackney’s not far off & is also downwind of Battersea PS.
League tables are very useful and it’s worth noting that Harrow, which had the lowest infant death rate in London in 1965-67, had the 2nd-highest
rate in 2003-05 and 2008-2010, which is hardly too surprising as Colnbrook incinerator started in 1990 and Harrow is also exposed to emissions from
hospital incinerators at Hillingdon and St Mark’s, Northwick Park.
Dhruti Shah got a journalists award for this & subsequent articles:
Waltham Forest’s infant death rate in 1965-67 was 15th-highest out of the 32 London Boroughs and in 1978-80 it was the highest. You’ll struggle
to argue that the start-up of the Edmonton incinerator in 1971 had no impact on infant death rates in Waltham Forest.
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Remember that it’s very easy to do a U-turn as Justin McCracken has turned twice on same issue.
First his HPA promised to check health data around incinerators in Aug 2003:
Incinerators: Health Hazards
Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the Health Protection Agency decided not to examine the effects on human health of incinerators in August 2003. 
14 Jun 2012 : Column 548W
& then he told me that there was no need in June 2009:
& in Jan 2012, a further study announced:
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PS Note how the Registrar-General for Scotland was aware of the significance of air pollution causing higher mortality.
Scotland only started registering all births & deaths in 1855 and yet by 1858, he’d realised what was going on while
today’s experts are blundering around in the dark.
“In Glasgow there died 13.08 children out of every 100 living under five years of age; in Aberdeen the mortality was only 4.83 out of 100 children. From whatever cause or causes it may arise, infantile mortality is nearly three times greater in Glasgow than in Aberdeen, and consequently Glasgow is a much more unhealthy town than Aberdeen; for it has been proved that, as a general rule, “the less the proportion of deaths among children under five years, the greater is the healthiness of a town or locality.” The report, in stating the causes of death, shows that the deaths from consumption were much greater in the towns than in the country districts, and that among the towns the lowest proportion was in the more exposed, and, therefore, better ventilated towns, such as Edinburgh and Aberdeen.”
Reports of the Registrar-General of Scotland for 1858
The Vital Statistics Of Scottish Towns.-. The Times (London, England), Monday, Feb 28, 1859; pg. 7; Issue 23241. (1368 words)