Trafford Scientist Slams DEFRA over Air Pollution
The Breathe Clean Air Group, campaigning to stop the Barton Renewable Energy Plant in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester, is astounded that a Government Department recognises the danger of airborne pollution, yet does nothing to stop the burning of biomass.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says about the effects of air pollution, “A variety of air pollutants have known, or suspected harmful effects on human health and the environment. In most areas of Europe these pollutants are principally the products of combustion from space heating, power generation or from motor vehicle traffic. Pollutants from these sources may not only prove a problem in the immediate vicinity of these sources, but can travel long distances.”
Materials Scientist Graham Cliff of Trafford, Greater Manchester has been analysing tiny particulates and nano-particles using electron microscopes for nearly 40 years. He says “the monitoring of air pollution does NOT extend to small enough particles. I believe that today we are seeing not just the familiar effects of inhaling particulates, namely respiratory disease and cardio-vascular effects, but we are perhaps also seeing particulates causing DNA disruption, aggravation of auto-immune conditions and even aggravation of dementia. DEFRA informed me that electron microscopy is not employed in evaluating airborne nano-particles and that there is no regulation in the UK for particles smaller than PM2.5.”
DEFRA says, “Generally, if you are young and in a good state of health, moderate air pollution levels are unlikely to have any serious short term effects. However, elevated levels and/or long term exposure to air pollution can lead to more serious symptoms and conditions affecting human health. This mainly affects the respiratory and inflammatory systems, but can also lead to more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer.”
Chairman of the Breathe Clean Air Group, Pete Kilvert said, “We know that burning biomass produces masses of tiny particulates and nano-particles which are harmful to health. Not only are they not being measured at present, but the Government wants to stop monitoring all airborne pollutants as part of its Cutting Red Tape programme. Stopping biomass and waste incineration will cause a significant reduction of dangerous air pollution.”