Say 'No' to Incineration!
"Incineration plants are the source of serious toxic pollutants: dioxins, furans, acid gases, heavy
particulates, heavy metals, and they all need to be treated very seriously. There must be absolute
priority given to human health requirements ... and protection of the environment. We know
scientifically there is no safe threshold below which one can allow such emissions"
Michael Meacher - Environment Secretary - in evidence to the House of Lords, 14th April 1999
The incinerator proposed for NEWHAVEN by East Sussex and Brighton and Hove Councils, will affect
personally if you live or work anywhere within the county!
The two councils are proposing to build a huge
incinerator at Newhaven. A third of waste from the two authorities comes
from Brighton and Hove. There are now four out of the original six contractors left oin the
tender process for this multi-million pound programme. If incineration is accepted we
will be locked into it fo 25 years or more! The tender
is not prescriptive, our councillors do not have to
choose incineration. Cleaner technologies exist and are being used in countries such as
Canada and Australia.
INCINERATION produces toxic ash that still requires landfill space?
competes with recycling
INCINERATION releases DANGEROUS DIOXINS
and HEAVY METALS which are known to cause cancers and birth defects - even from the latest state-of-the-art plants
Unless we can persuade
our councillors to greatly increase the recycling rates in our county and
to look at a three stream kerbside collection, composting and anaerobic
digestion (AD), the waste companies will be poisoning this beautiful
county of East Sussex, not just with emissions but with the resulting
toxic ash. Not only will our reservoirs, coastline and farmland be
at risk but the ash will be used as a secondary aggregate to build roads
and in the construction industry for everything from bricks and blocks to
sub-base materials. Eventually homes, gardens, schools and hospitals
built after the incinerator may well contain levels of toxic ash.
This is a disaster waiting to happen - like BSE.
Humans can only absorb
a certain amount of dioxin. Children and babies much much less. We alredy know
that our food and packaging contains dioxin, we
already know we breath a certain amount in the atmosphere, this has happened
in Belgium and Byker in Newcastle. DO YOU WANT IT HERE? Even
if the incinerator is built in Newhaven or Mountfield it will affect
Lewes, Uckfield, Crowborough, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Heathfield and even beyond.
Take a look at what may come
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Dr. Paul Connett from the U.S.A.
from BIFFA, the Waste Recycling Group, Bob Wilkins, Director of Transport
& Environment East Sussex County Council took part in a heated and
exciting debate that was attended by people from all over the county
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