KILLING & MAIMING IN CAMBS??
Should you reside or work within 22 miles of
, which includes
, Saffron Walden, Royston & numerous villages, please read on.
An outline planning application by the cement company is before
the council. It involves erection of a cement works burning many types
of hazardous waste known as a co-incinerator. 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 cancers. A 20 year
university led study in
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. A cement plant is allowed some 5 times the level of
emissions of an incinerator and is allowed unlimited emissions out of
its bypass unlimited times per year. The high chimney will spread the
damage 22 miles. Because of
low oxygen levels in cement plants, there will be more heating rather
than burning of waste, creating incompletely burned compounds and
vaporising heavy metals making the particulates even more lethal when
you inhale them into your lungs. A
fuel data sheet reveals that one brand of waste mix used in UK cement
plant contains over 20 times the heavy metals than coal but the numbers
of PM2.5 particles with them would be nearer 50000 times higher in the
air you breathe using a coal & waste mix as fuel. Your health can be
put at risk for 2 days just from an hour’s exposure if the wind blows
the PM2.5s your way. Readers
should be aware that further interaction between gasses and ultrafine
particles in the air from not just the proposed plant but other industry
such as the existing cement works and delivery vehicles will form new
added secondary PM2.5 particulates effectively trebling the proposed
plant’s effects on health.
When coal is burned, particulates emitted average PM5, which do not get
into the lungs as only PM2.5 and smaller gets into your breathing tubes.
When oily and other waste is burned with coal, the particle size gets
much smaller to PM2, hence particulates reach into the bottom of your
lungs, the soluble fraction going into the bloodstream and entering your
cells, while the insoluble fraction is partly dealt with by macrophages
and T-lymphocytes with the remainder walled off in the lungs causing
COPD. When in the cells, mutations will occur due to heavy metals and
PAHs and dioxins. Unless you have adequate selenium in your blood to
neutralise the metals, the mutations lead to birth defects and cancers.
even12 year olds had 20% loss of lung function from PM2.5 induced COPD.
Particulates emitted by the Barrington cement works using say 30%
waste in 2002, were measured averaging PM2.2 –a very bad size to
inhale. The proposed new
plant will be bigger, hence worse risk.
All existing plant really should be fitted with stack-top PM2.5
German factory sealed PM2.5 beta monitors with real-time data
to internet, operator, PCT, EA & council. There are stack top
dioxin monitors available. Dioxins can form up the chimney or in the
bypass. Cement quality can
also suffer by using waste.
, refuses to measure what goes into your lungs namely PM2.5s to enable
companies to maximise profit. The IPPC law was downgraded by
in 2000 to more or less “anything will do” status. Councils only
measure irrelevant PM10s down to PM4s. The Environment Agency &
councils have been told not to bother much with air pollution. The
Environment Agency truthfully state that they know nothing about health.
Far worse, the Health Protection Agency follows on from the Guy’s
Hospital unit director who said “Air pollution does not exist”. So
without knowledge of toxicology or possessing adequate data they only
heed government “spin” and “reviews” and “diktat”, while
admitting they really know nothing. The PCT Public Health directors in
are also totally ignorant of the subject, so pressurised by conflicts of
interest or political “spin”, they are exposed as not having learnt
the subject or checked data on their own computers or checked studies
done worldwide. It is up to you, the reader, to challenge the PCT public
health directors whom the GMC say must know the subject and be up to
date and listen to public and colleagues. The Environment Agency cannot
finally authorise any application unless council and PCT public health
director have both passed it.
It is up to you to challenge
councillors to refuse the application on the grounds of being the wrong
technology to handle waste and not best available tecnique.
The OKOPOL EC report of 1999 revealed how cement works can reduce
emissions to incinerator levels but this is ignored in the
. For every £1 spent on abatement there is a saving of £6 in the NHS
and £4 in social security costs. In USA where the USEPA set PM2.5
limits in 1997 and prosecuted oil, power & steel companies in
2000/2001 the savings to the US taxpayer on just hospital savings and
days off work savings totalled $193 billion by mid 2003. In the
the opposite happened so the NHS has almost collapsed and productivity
is plummeting, with chronic sick pay soaring. The total NHS cost of this
virtually unregulated industrial air pollution is nearing £34 billion
pa. It must also be understood that 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 – which will
facilitate development of ADHD and autism processes.
The only safe way of handling waste is plasma-gasification which runs on
electricity, produces vitrified gravel, hydrogen & electricity
–all for sale- and has almost zero emissions at a nett cost of about
£21 per ton compared with incinerators £63 per ton plus another £63
of health damage per ton plus huge volumes of toxic ash for disposal.
Who has the morals to protect the public??
The range of
illnesses caused by inhaling PM2.5 particulates from waste burning
defects—terminations, live defects, miscarriages.
Premature deaths of
babies, infants and adults
to lungs with depletion causes SIDS, cot deaths, autism, MS, GBS
Attention deficit and
other behaviour problems.
Lower IQ &
educational achievement down 2 years, worse GCSE grades
Asthma, COPD, viral
& bacterial respiratory & other infections (especially boys)
Coronary heart disease,
heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, strokes, SADS.
Diabetes type 2,
sometimes type 1 ---note trebling under current government
sensitivity with allergies & arthritis
ME, CFS, Hypothyroidism
with low T3 level (adding to obesity)
Endometriosis and other
& suicides, apathy, which increases the obesity problem.
lymphoma, brain, breast, colon, lung, prostate, kidney, liver etc
Breast cancer for
example can be caused by faulty genes (2%), HRT (5%) radiation, OP
pesticides/herbicides, and from chimneys—cadmium, dioxins (&
similar), & PAHs
The Chief Medical
Officer wrote to doctors in January 2006 about the recent trebling of
gastroschisis birth defects, caused by dioxin exposure, proving that
using hazardous waste fuel mixes even in alleged “state of the art”
incinerators etc. is callous unsafe government policy.
Analysis of 9 health
by ward in 2005 revealed massive increases in illnesses and standardised
mortality rates in 7 polluted wards compared with 24 less polluted
An incinerator built in
Colnbrook in 1990 caused Slough SMR to worsen from 88 to 121 by 2001
meaning 11 years lopped off lifespan. Will you now work for
335 references are available to those interested and peer-reviewed
reports in medical journals. Those with internet can check www.ukhr.org
(under pollution at bottom of main page) for more details. Local
contacts are below. It is up to you to act or you will have the
consequences imposed on you. The regulators normally just follow
--Compiled by Dr. Dick
van Steenis MBBS who has reports in 4 peer-reviewed medical journals.
17 Feb. 2006
PM = Particulates
measured in microns
PCT = Primary Care Trust
COPD = Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
EA = Environment Agency
IPPC = Integrated Pollution & Prevention Control
GMC = General Medical
Environmental Protection Agency
PAH = Poly-Aromatic
ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Ed: Two weeks
after the enquiry, after facing Dr van Steenis and his evidence, the
Applicant withdrew his application.