More info on the NAIL camapign and the proposed incinerator expansion, see previous UK feature: Pollution for profit - we need to stop it!
Unfortunately the EA confirmed that they will approve the licence for all three incinerators. Although we did expect the licence to be finally approved, we did not expect it to be so easy for WRG.
Despite 29 pollution breaches in four years, WRG have NOT been prosecuted.
Despite the thousands of poisons belched into the atmosphere 24 hours a day for us all to breath and consume, there is NO requirement for continuous monitoring. Only 6 will be monitored constantly, the rest and most toxic will only be checked twice a
year by the owners, and once a year by the EA.
Despite the appalling low Third World recycling rate of Nottingham City, there is no requirement to remove recyclable materials from household waste.
Existing Two Incinerators
Although the current incinerators do not fully comply with the latest regulations, WRG applied for a 'derogation', to allow them to operate regardless. Unfortunately the EA have allowed this derogation and will issue a licence, subject only to minor additional data.
Proposed Third Line
The EA have confirmed that they be granting a licence for the new incinerator, effectively giving WRG the green light to operate. Although we did expected this, we are extremely disappointed that the EA did not use their powers and legislation to greater effect.
WRG are proposing to build an 'open grate' design incinerator, of the same design as the current two. these were designed in the 1960's and built in 1972, albeit with a few 'bolt on' extras. This will no doubt save WRG huge costs, by replicating plant. Although the EA had asked why a more modern, advanced design was not chosen, they have not insisted on this option. WRG's response in choosing the outdated technology, was to save them costs in re-training its staff!
This clearly demonstrates that WRG are putting their profits before the health of Nottingham's residents and of our environment.
The Battle Goes on
This IPPC licence basically allows WRG to operate their incinerators, planning permission is still required to build the third.
We must now increase the pressure on Nottingham City Council to reject the planning application, this is the last hurdle WRG must get over to build Nottingham's third cancer factory, in the city centre adjacent to mass population.
Please write to you local councillors, go and visit them at their surgeries and tell them what you think, tell them to lobby the Development Control Committee to reject the application. If your councillor is a city councillor, remind them that they will want YOUR vote in 18 months time.
Please let us know what they say, we intend publishing councillors views and responses, or lack of response on our website.
For more information on the IPPC application, click on the link bellow.
Thank you for your continued support
"We are still cutting down rainforests to feed our need for paper, wood and cardboard, but in Nottingham we choose to use it, incinerate it, poison our air and cut down more rainforests to replace it. What a legacy we leave our children."