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World expert talks about health impact of proposed incinerator in Merthyr

Professor Paul Connett, a world renowned toxicologist who has addressed the United Nations, will talk in Merthyr tonight (Thursday 9 September 2010) about the impact of proposed plans for a massive waste incinerator in the area.

Professor Connett will be discussing the impact of incineration on health – including the possible long term effects of the proposed site – and the alternatives to incineration for waste management.

The local Merthyr Friends of the Earth group have been campaigning against the proposed development for some time. Friends of the Earth Cymru spokesperson Haf Elgar said:

We are very pleased that a global expert has come to Merthyr to speak to the people who could be most affected by the proposed development. Friends of the Earth Cymru believe that incineration is not a green technology as it produces toxic ash, emits excessive amounts of carbon dioxide, and its use would weaken incentives to reduce waste and boost recycling.

The plans for the site are controversial, and add to a number of other environmental concerns in the area such as the existing landfill site and the Ffos Y Fran open cast mining development.

The talk is due to take place on Thursday September 9th 2010 at 7 pm at the Orbit business centre, opposite the Merthyr Welsh Assembly offices. There will be free admission and free car parking.

Professor Connett will also be giving evidence to the Derby incinerator inquiry next week (Tuesday 14th September 2010).

Thanks again to Dr. Max Wallis for the following article:

Under the UK’s system for promoting renewable energy technologies – the Renewables Obligation legislation [1] – subsidies guaranteed for years [2] are granted via Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and are readily available for energy generation that is far from efficient and, in particular for forms of incineration, waste the majority of the energy which is heat [3]. Continue reading »

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