Lifespan of the Incinerator
It will take three years to build the incinerator and it will operate for over 25 years on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year basis. The incinerator will be running at the same time as the landfill operation we have all come to endure from Biffa.
|The burning process leaves about 25% residue, bottom ash which will be removed from the site in lorries for use in the aggregate industry and highly toxic fly ash which is too toxic to put into the local landfill and will be taken away to a specialised site in the Midlands. Biffa have admitted that it has a pH value of about 12 which is equivalent to ammonia or bleach. So lorry loads of this toxic waste will be travelling on local roads.|
Given Biffa's record for their lack of consideration for the local community this must give cause for concern. They have been fined for their inability to operate within the rules on the Westmill Landfill site which protect public safety. This is a much less complex operation where they have to dig a hole, fill it with rubbish and then cover it over. Now they want to run an incinerator with all the hazards that go with such a complex process.
Biffa state that the emissions from the plant will be monitored by the Environment Agency but most of the time Biffa are required to monitor themselves. The Environment Agency's record in dealing with the stench created from Biffa's landfill operation has been singularly ineffective.
Testing is performed infrequently, often under ideal conditions, often with 1 month's notice, and using statistically unsound methodologies. They are ineffectively regulated - the law always lags behind the science, and when companies transgress the law any fines are usually an insignificant amount. Additionally, the Environment Agency, the Health Protection Agency and the local Primary Care Trusts do not refer to the latest research in making decisions and deciding policy.