in his lecture on 5th. February
2008 at the Weald C of E School in Beare Green, Surrey
Incineration of waste causes a shortening of lifespan of
up to 12 years often in the prime of life by increasing a range of diseases
especially heart attacks & cancers. A 20 year university led study in
Belgium detailed diseases and deaths caused during years 1 to 5, 6 to 10
and 11 to 20, ending up with a 480% rise in cancer incidence on top of the
The chimney at the proposed incinerator in Capel will spread
the damage some 16 miles with locations at 7/8 at particular risk. Reigate
, Redhill, Horley & Crawley are at therefore very high risk.
Incineration of waste vaporises heavy metals making the
particulates emitted even more lethal when you inhale them into your lungs.
Emissions will consist of PM 2.5 particulates which mostly pass through the
abatement equipment and which go into the deepest part of your lungs when
Your health can be put at risk for 3 days just from an hour's
exposure if the wind blows the PM 2.5s your way. Interaction of gasses and
ultrafine particles from other PM 2.5 emitting items such as Gatwick Airport
will form new secondary PM 2.5 particulates increasing the incinerator's
effects on health downwind. Wind direction, speed and temperature inversions
are crucial factors.
When you inhale PM2.5 particulates the soluble fraction
gets into the bloodstream and your cells, while the insoluble fraction is
partly dealt with by macrophages and T-lymphocytes with the remnants walled
off in the lungs causing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The resultant inflammatory process can cause asthma & clinical
depression. When in the cells, mutations will occur due to heavy metals,
PAHs, dioxins, PCBs, any radioactivity or dioxins. Without adequate selenium
in your blood to neutralise the metals, mutations from these items will lead
to birth defects, and cancers and altered gene function. In USA even 12 year
olds had 20% loss of lung peak-flow due to PM 2.5 induced COPD.
Unlike the USA, where PM 2.5s have been rigorously monitored & regulated
since 1997, in the UK only PM 10s (PM10 down to PM4—none of which gets
into your lungs) are measured using instruments that can be adjusted to minus
eg Brighton during June 2007 where PM 2.5s read fraudulent minus 107uG/m3
Hence there is no regulation in the UK to protect the public.
The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) law
was downgraded by Mr. Prescott in 2000 to more or less “anything will
do”. The Environment Agency truthfully state they know nothing about
Far worse, the Health Protection Agency follow Guy's Hospital
unit director who said “Air pollution does not exist”. So without
knowledge of toxicology or use of available data, the PCT, Environment Agency & HPA
only heed government “spin”, “reviews” and “diktat”.
They lack a single peer-reviewed journal back-up. I have 337 journal references
backing up what I am telling you here.
It is up to you, the reader, to challenge PCT public health
directors whom the GMC say must know the subject, be up to date and listen
to & protect the public. The Environment Agency cannot authorise any
application unless council and PCT public health director have signed consent.
The total NHS cost of this unregulated UK industrial air
pollution is c.£36 billion pa plus losses to education & productivity & crime.
There will be cumulative impacts in the body and synergistic effects, for
example cadmium & lead in the body will multiply the effects of mercury
by 50 times, and pollutants within PM 2.5s interact with your blood fatty
The range of illnesses caused by inhaling PM 2.5 particulates
from waste burning include:
Birth defects, miscarriages, low birth weight babies (in
direct proportion to PM 2.5 levels).
Premature deaths of babies, infants and adults. eg. In
London the infant mortality in zones downwind of the incinerators is 7 times
higher than in wards upwind. (9.0 cf 1.3/1000 --- ONS data 2003/5)
T-lymphocyte diversion to lungs with depletion causes SIDS,
cot deaths, autism, MS, GBS
Attention deficit and other behaviour problems, some leading
Lower IQ & educational achievement down 2 years, worse
GCSE grades (due partly to PAHs)
Breast cancer for example can be caused by faulty genes
(2%), HRT (5%) radiation, OP pesticides/herbicides, and from chimneys—cadmium,
dioxins (& similar), & PAHs
Analysis of 9 health parameters in Telford by ward in 2005
revealed increases in illnesses, SMR & age adjusted mortality in 7 polluted
wards compared with 24 less polluted wards. An incinerator built in Colnbrook
1990 caused Slough SMR to worsen from 88 to 121 by 2001 meaning 11 years
The only safe way of handling waste is plasma-gasification
which runs on electricity, produces vitrified gravel, hydrogen & electricity –all
for sale- and has very low emissions at a nett cost of £23 to £32
per ton compared with incinerators of c.£63 per ton plus health damage
plus huge volumes of toxic ash for disposal.
Who has the morals to protect the public?? Challenge councillors & PCT
to not only protect your health but to install this plasma gasification as
the best available technique. If you read Popular Science, March 2007, you
will discover that Panama will be treating all waste by plasma producing
40% of Panama 's electricity plus exports of hydrogen. Other plants are built
or planned in Ottawa , Florida , Michigan , New York Puerto Rico etc. Veolia
are building the Michigan plant while fobbing off English residents with
an inferior incinerator by comparison (which is now not Best Available Technique
(BAT) as required by IPPC law).