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  1. Michael Ryan says:

    Will the Environment Agency or Peel Holdings make any comment on the following article and letter in Monmouthshire Beacon, 16 Dec 2010?

    Residents vent their fears
    Thursday, 16 December 2010

    Plans for an incinerator on Hadnock Road came under scrutiny last week at a public meeting held in the Shire Hall. ?Chaired by Liz Hacket-Pain, residents heard from three speakers who were able to talk with some authority and experience on the subject. ?George Boyce, a resident who retired from the chemical industry and has been involved with environmental management systems, explained the pyrolysis process and how it would affect the immediate area. ?Using waste wood and organic matter to provide electricity, he explained, has many drawbacks, not only in the delivery of an estimated 145 tonnes per day of wood, but in the emmission of gasses and contaminated water waste that the process creates. ?Elements of lead, chromium, copper and arsenic would end up in the ash, a residue from the waste wood of which pallets are a prime source, which he said would be marketed as a soil improver. ?Peter Bere, an expert in renewable resources since the late 1960s, spoke of how planning authorities are under pressure to give the green light to processes such as this following European Council targets for renewable energy. ?A more suitable system would be a micro hydro-power system on the River Wye, close to the bridge. ?Finally, Dr Dick van Steenis MBBS then explained why he was opposed to the application, stating that it was the wrong technology in the wrong place (see letters, page six). ?Opening the meeting up to the floor, residents then had ample opportunity to express their fears and criticised the plans for being too vague. ?Disappointed that the applicant did not attend, nor anyone from the planning department or the Environment Agency, they expressed their objections to such a proposal given the road was well known for its flooding problems and considering the waste water that the factory would create. ?The area was well known for its beauty and its fishing and the road is used by cyclists and school pupils every day. ?Closing the meeting, Liz Hacket-Pain said there was much to take forward to future meetings and it woud be a good opportunity to contact the Planning Department for more information. ?Speaking to the Beacon after the meeting, she said the meeting went well, with some very good concerns raised and valid points brought into the open.


    Opposed to wood burning plant
    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    SIR, ?With reference to the proposed wood burning plant (planning ref DC/2010/00658) on Hadnock Road. ?I oppose the application as it is not the best available technique and a health hazard to inhabitants of greater Monmouth. ?Wood burning and burning red diesel create almost entirely PM1-size particulates plus some PM2.5s containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). ?This size is not regulated in the UK. ?The Environment Agency wrote this year that 90 per cent of PM1s and 35 per cent of PM2.5s escape through UK bag filters, if fitted. ?PM1s are the worst possible size particulate for adults and children to inhale. ?This was known in the USA in 1943, yet is still ignored in the UK. ?A recent study in Austria published in a journal proved PM1s are even worse than PM2.5s for damaging children’s lungs. ?PAHs cause low birth weight babies, lower IQ in direct proportion to concentrations, cause asthma, heart attacks and contribute to cancers. ?PM1s and PM2.5s cause asthma, COPD, heart attacks, compromised immune systems and clinical depression at least, and any heavy metals present could cause diabetes type two and further cancers as well. ?The best available technique for a wood-fired power station is plasma gasification, using an electric welding arc. ?The emissions are safe, and three times the electricity is produced compared with incinerator/ combined heat and power units. ?Some four times the electricity is produced compared with what is used. ?These units have been built in USA, Canada, France, Puerto Rico and elsewhere and are now also being built in Russia and China. ?The syngas formed can alternatively be treated to produce petrol or diesel fuel in a scaled system as is happening in Canada, UAE and USA. ?If a plasma gasification unit was built instead, Monmouth could add much of its residual and/ or commercial or hazardous waste to waste wood for safe treatment to produce green electricity safely. ?Dr Dick van Steenis ?(Monmouth)


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