CHASE Press Release - 16-06-09
Speaking at this mornings Oral Hearing, Alan Watson, Engineer and Waste Management Consultant debunked Indavers claims to be a 'recovery' operation and highlighted that Indavers EIS fails to assess the external costs associated with emissions of particulates, which he said would form a major contribution to the total air pollution burden in any terms. He estimated that these external costs, which would be born by populations, could amount to €150m for VOC's, SOx and NOx alone.
Mr Watson stated that "The health impact
assessment has not properly assessed the direct and indirect health
effects of the proposed incinerators, and claims that there would
be 'no deleterious effect on human health either in the immediate
vicinity or in the wider context' due to the facility are incorrect."
Mr Watson referred to European Court of Justice rulings which concluded incinerators remain classed as disposal options even when generating electricity, and noted that although December 2008 revisions to the Waste Framework Directive offer the possibility for municipal waste incinerators to be classed as recovery options rather than disposal subject to meeting certain efficiency criteria, Hazardous Waste Incinerator remains classed exclusively as disposal."
Attacking the efficiency-claims of the proposal Mr Watson stated "The proposed incinerators would be particularly inefficient generators of electricity managing less than 22%, compared to more than 60% for modern CCGT's (Gas fired electricity plants)."
Mr Watson told the Inspector that the current classification of Bottom Ash from an incinerator as non-hazardous is subject to a "High degree of uncertainty, and current review with a high degree of priority" by the UK EPA. This is also under review in Europe waste management company Veolia wrote to the Agency saying 'around 40%' of its bottom ash would become ecotoxic under the recent guidance which includes zinc compounds.
"On the basis of the evidence available
it is reasonable to conclude that bottom ash should be regulated as
hazardous waste." Indaver have failed to assess Ash treatment
or disposal as part of their EIS.
Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment