No more incinerators says David, as report reveals air pollution is unreported by regulation loophole
A new report which shows that emissions from incinerators are not being properly monitored is deeply worrying, says Stroud MP David Drew.
He is supporting calls for no more incinerators as research reveals that emissions of harmful pollutants are not being accurately reported. David Drew, Labour MP for Stroud, is particularly worried about the impact of Javelin Park on air quality in Gloucestershire.
The report, supported by a cross party group of MPs, found that incinerators are not accurately reporting how much Particulate Matter (PM) they create, the smallest particles which are emitted by incinerators when they burn rubbish.
The report shows that the Particulate Matter (PM) released by 36 incinerators in England in 2017 is equivalent to the PM emissions from more than a quarter of a million 40-tonne lorries travelling 75,000 miles a year.
The Nitrous Oxide emissions released by incinerators in England in 2017 are equivalent to around 80,000 lorries travelling 75,000 miles a year, using comparison figures from the Road Haulage Association and Transport for London,
David Drew MP, who attended the launch, said:
“With work now well underway at Javelin Park incinerator in Gloucestershire, this detailed analysis of air pollution from incinerators makes worrying reading.
“Not only is Javelin Park not economically viable, I am concerned that we do not know how much incineration is seriously affecting the quality of the air we breathe.
“This report shows that the mechanism for monitoring air pollution from incinerators is itself inadequate. The levels of emissions of PM have not been reported adequately for decades because of regulation loopholes.
“Without proper reporting no real assessment can be made of the impact on our health. This report gives an indication of the levels that are likely to be emitted from 36 incinerators and it makes worrying reading.
“The concerns about air quality are yet another reason why we should be moving away from incineration which has been shown to reduce recycling rates and has no environmental benefit.”
“Studies show that more than half of what goes for incineration could and shoulhave been recycled using existing recycling schemes.”
The report, Waste Incineration and Particulate Pollution: A failure of Governance by UKWIN (UK Without Incineration Network) is launched on Tuesday 17 July in the House of Lords, with cross party support from MPs; John Grogan (Labour), Philip Davies (Conservative) and Liberal Democrat Peer, Lord Tyler.
The report reveals for the first time the levels of emissions of harmful particulate matter (PM) and Nitrous Oxide (NO) from 36 incinerators across England.
It also shows that waste incinerators are regularly exceeding thresholds where they should be reporting emissions, but are failing to reveal their pollution level.
Shlomo Dowen, National Coordinator of the UK Without Incineration Network, said:
"For decades incinerators in England have been emitting significant quantities of pollution and greenhouse gasses. There is a substantial cost to society associated with these harmful emissions.
“This cost should be met by incinerator operators in line with the 'polluter pays' principle. Operators should also be required to be more transparent about their emissions and to do more to monitor and control the pollution they cause".
The report calls for:
- The development and implementation of accurate systems to measure the particulate matter that incinerators release, accompanied by proper enforcement
- Stricter control of PM1 emissions
- Incinerators to be taxed on their emissions
- Moratorium on new incineration capacity in recognition of the issues identified in the report
- Copies of the full report can be read here: http://ukwin.org.uk/bin