On Tuesday 5th April 2011 Stephen Gilbert (Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, Cornwall) explicitly referred to the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network. He went on to articulate a series of reasons why incineration should be opposed. Continue reading »

Food Standards Agency: Harm from incinerators not ruled out.

In an e-mail message passed to UKWIN we read:

From: Mortimer, David
Cc: Chris James EA ; David Mudge EA ; Kevin Baker ; Justin McCracken ; Judy Proctor EA
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2010 3:51 PM
Subject: RE: Reiterate question on proof of evidence of no harm from incinerators


Unfortunately, it would not be possible to generate evidence of the type you seek.

On the other hand, there is no evidence that a properly regulated incinerator, abated in line with current regulation, will have an adverse impact on food production. If I considered there to be a risk to local food production, I would have recommended additional monitoring. I do not think this is necessary but I have offered to advise on a suitable programme if others wish it.

Otherwise, I do not have anything further to add to the comments I provided you with on 21 January.

David Mortimer
Senior Scientific Officer, Environmental Contaminants
Food Safety: Contaminants Division
Food Standards Agency

The request for information to which he refers as being unanswerable was as follows:

As you all keep insisting that incinerators do not harm any living thing, and they are quite safe.

So you must have the proof of evidence of what you are stating. With your insistence that incinerators do no harm to any living thing, then we wish to see the evidence that you must have, on how incinerators which have been up and running in a RURAL FARMING AREA, especially dairy farming areas, in either the UK or even the EU, have not caused any contamination of that land what so ever, in those ten or so years. And, dairy farming is still continuing and the farmers are making an annual profit, with no farmers being made to close down and go out of farming.

If the EA, FSA, or HPA do not have this information, how we ask, can you insist that your incinerators do no harm to any living thing?

In a letter from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), as part of the public inquiry into a proposed incinerator in Cornwall, SITA (“the appellant”) has been instructed to provide details of the assumptions that underpin SITA’s use of the WRATE modelling software, including relevant Carbon Balance Calculations. Continue reading »

A public meeting is planned to inform all of the latest news regarding plans for an incinerator in Cornwall

Friday 25th September 2009
St Dennis Working Mens Club
Meeting starts at 7.00

Following the decision of SITA to appeal against the decision of Cornwall County Council to refuse their application for an incinerator, a meeting has been arranged to keep local people informed about recent events. The meeting will provide information about the appeal process and the work of the Council’s newly-formed Waste Panel.

People attending the meeting to speak and answer questions will include Cllr Julian German (Cabinet Member for the Environment, including Waste) and Tom Flanagan (Corporate Director for the Environment, Planning and Economy).

One and all are invited to attend

This meeting has been organised by Cornwall Councillors Dick Cole, Fred Greenslade and John Wood, in association with both St Dennis Against Incineration and St Dennis Parish Council.

Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ban SITA Cornwall burner booklet

There was a recent embarrassment for SITA UK after an Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) investigation into Sita’s waste incinerator advertising leaflet ruled that:

the leaflet must not appear again in its current form.

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The following news item has just been published by the Western Morning News:

EXCLUSIVE: Incinerator report switched
Monday, March 23, 2009, 10:00

A DRAFT report recommending the rejection of a giant waste incinerator for Cornwall has been replaced at the last minute, the Western Morning News can exclusively reveal.

A draft document leaked to the WMN concerning the proposed Energy Recovery Centre in St Dennis, which was written by Cornwall County Council planning officers for a meeting set for March 19, clearly states a recommendation to refuse the application.
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About 150 people attended the public meeting held in Cornwall on Thursday 22nd January 2009. The meeting, Chaired by Restormel Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Fred Greenslade, was held at the St Dennis Working Men’s Club. Continue reading »

Do you wish to support the anti-incineration groups in Cornwall?

As you may already know, there are plans to build an incinerator in St. Dennis in Cornwall.

Campaigners have been in touch with UKWIN, and have passed on the following message:

We want people to stand up and protect Cornwall and its beautiful countryside, we have until 14th March 2009 to get as many names as possible submitted to Number 10 Downing Street. Sign here.

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I am sending this montage on to you all so as you can actually see just how ludicrous this idea of this huge incinerator in the centre of our Duchy actually is. The building itself is larger than our Truro cathedral, the chimney is double the height of the Cathedral’s highest tower, and fifty foot, or 16 metres across at the top of the chimney.



At a hundred and twenty meters or over four hundred feet high this incinerator will be seen, and felt clearly from every point in our Duchy, especially the hotels and schools in Newquay, Penzance, St Ives, Wadebridge, Launceston and Truro.   It will clearly be seen from the A30, A39 and A38 coming into Cornwall, but what is far more important is that dioxins and PCBs PM2.5s will reach all these places and all the milk producing pristine farm land easily.

It takes between seven and ten years for an incinerator to contaminate a huge area around itself.  The higher the chimney the further the contamination will travel, in the prevailing wind.  This is a scientific fact.
Why?  because PM2.5s  are not tested for by the Environment Agency, and they only look for Dioxins at the top of the chimney around every six months or so.

The wind direction in Cornwall is South South West, and North North East equally.   That means that the whole of the Duchy will be contaminated, and after around ten years all food production will be stopped by the Food standards agency. There is no other incinerator of this size on or near farm land anywhere in the UK.  All such incinerators have been built in the poor areas of inner cities around the UK.

I hope that you are willing to publish this montage so as all the people in this Duchy (and beyond) can actually see what is happening in their name.

Yours with thanks.

Miss E Hawken MRSH chair CSWN

Cornwall Sustainable Waste Network

In addition to reading the updates (below) and visiting the various campaign group websites, you might also like to view the brief BBC Look East video clip on incineration and read the UKWIN coverage on Lets Recycle. I trust you all caught the BBC’s One O’Clock News on Thursday…UKWIN is about 1 minute and 35 seconds in…

Brief updates about current UK anti-incineration campaigns.

If your campaign news is not included, please contact the UKWIN Coordinator with your update! Continue reading »

A specially erected marquee on a St Dennis playing field in Cornwall was the site of an extraordinary event as some 1,000 people “vented their frustration over plans to build an incinerator on their doorstep”. According to the Western Morning News, the meeting, one of the biggest public meetings ever held in the county, gave rise to some “explosive gestures of support” as speaker after speaker called on Cornwall County Council to throw out the application, with “a quiet and sincere voice…one elderly woman summed up the feelings of many”. Reading a statement by St Dennis Primary School governor, Ginny Edwards, she pleaded on behalf of the children:

The spectre of this has been hanging over the people of St Dennis for a long time. The psychological toll it has taken has been huge and many people have grown depressed about the perceived health threats to their children.

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