Veolia know very well their incinerator will kill


The late Medical scientist Dr Dick van Steenis and civil engineer Michael Ryan working to oppose plans to build incinerators, pictured May 8th 2012

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 prevalent downwind of incinerators.

“I was appalled when I found the correlation,” Mr Ryan said. “That’s why I tried to get the truth out, but it’s such a big truth no one wants to know.

“What we have found is that ONS data at electoral ward level consistently shows worse outcomes in areas downwind of incinerators in terms of infant mortality, low birth rates, premature deaths and heart disease, among other things.”

The pair say small particles known as PM1s and PM2.5s, which are not monitored by the Health Protection Agency and Environment Agency (EA), are responsible for the health problems because they are inhaled.

Mr Ryan said: “How anyone can know incinerators are working properly is by checking the emissions coming out of them and checking the health of the communities exposed to them. They are doing neither really.”

Dr Steenis, who helped defeat plans for an incinerator in Capel in 2009, said the problem is worsened by the inferior technology used in the UK.

Plants in the USA and Scandinavia burn at 1,000C (1,832F) and above, whereas those in the UK like the one proposed for Cobham burn at 850C (1,562F).

Dr Steenis added: “By running gasification plants at too low temperatures, the particles don’t get broken down and far too much gets out.”

And Dr Steenis has calculated the 80ft chimney at the planned plant will mean emissions will effect a six-mile area downwind of the plant, with Cobham and Esher worst effected.

My research colleague died in April 2013 & this is last pic of him & I in same article:
The full text of my Times letter above is in my evidence to the air quality committee chaired by Joan Walley MP
See these S&N articles all 4 Jan 2012:
Mapping data is very powerful & the ONS data I purchased is beyond challenge.
The BBC news item is tucked away at end of this piece.  A kind of “sting-in-the-tail”?
Mosquito checks stepped up (5 Aug 2003)
Chemical concerns
The HPA is also launching an investigation into chemicals found in the environment amid concerns about their impact on people’s health.
In its five-year corporate plan, published on Tuesday, it said the review will look particularly at the impact of chemicals on children.
“They are especially vulnerable to infections, poisons and chemicals and physical hazards in air, water and soil,” the report states.
“Their development, health and well-being could be threatened by unsafe food and chemicals in household products and consumer goods.”
The document points out that an estimated 600 new chemicals enter the market each month, on top of the 11 million already known and 70,000 in regular use.
Studies have claimed that exposure to some chemicals can have serious effects on health, including the risk of birth defects and chronic diseases.
The HPA will also investigate public concern about the possible effects of long-term exposure to chemicals, such as those emitted from landfills, incinerators and industrial sites.
Dr Troop said: “We are not saying there is a problem. We are saying we are looking carefully to see if there is a problem or there isn’t a problem.
“The public is concerned about many of these issues and it is important that we don’t ignore it if there is a problem.

Western Daily Press: Chemical danger testing

Western Daily Press (Bristol, England) – Wednesday, August 6, 2003
Readability: >12 grade level (Lexile: 1310L)
THE potential dangers of chemicals and poisons, such as those from landfill sites and incinerators, are to come under intense scrutiny, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced yesterday.

Working with the NHS, the HPA will investigate suspicious clusters of disease which could be linked to chemical exposure.

The pledge was made as the fledgling agency, which began work in April, launched its five-year plan setting out its aims and objectives across a raft of health protection concerns.

The plan pointed out that an estimated 600 new chemicals entered the marketplace each month, on top of the 11million already known and 70,000 in regular use.

Various studies have claimed that exposure to chemicals can have serious effects on health , including the risk of birth defects and certain chronic diseases.

The HPA plan not only highlighted public concern about chemical-related accidents, but also the possible ill health consequences of long-term exposure to chemicals, such as those emitted from landfills, incinerators and industrial sites.


One Response to “Veolia know very well their incinerator will kill”

  1. charles allan says:

    North west or west coast of scotland – clean air from atlantic ,usually westerly , good mountain water , less pollution , good vegetables and fresh fish mainly ok. The farmland is less polluted due to the nature of the land getting its water from the rain rather than from a 2nd hand water table full of pesticides.
    The only problem is work .

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