The Health Protection Agency have announced plans for a study on “whether there is a potential link between the emissions from MWIs and health outcomes, including: low birth weight, still births and infant deaths”.
The HPA’s press release from the 24th of January 2012 stated that:
A new study to further extend the evidence base as to whether emissions from modern well run Municipal Waste Incinerators affect human health has been approved by the Health Protection Agency.
The HPA’s current position that well run and regulated modern Municipal Waste Incinerators (MWIs) are not a significant risk to public health remains valid, but the study is being carried out to extend the evidence base and to provide further information to the public on this subject.
The Breathe Clean Air Group, who oppose the ‘Barton Renewable Energy Plant’, have welcomed the decision, called for a moratorium on incineration until the preliminary results are published in March 2014 and stated that “Unfortunately, the dangers of wood-burning Biomass Plants are not being looked at by the HPA”.