Waste Wood Warning
The Breathe Clean Air Group of Greater Manchester has given a warning to DEFRA not to allow waste wood to be burnt.
Responding to the DEFRA consultation paper “Wood waste landfill restrictions inEngland” the Group has said that the consultation could turn out to be a “Biomass Burners’ Charter” which will ignore health impacts and lead to massive suffering and premature death.
Chairman of the group Pete Kilvert said “burning waste wood and biomass is dangerous. If DEFRA ignores the many research papers on this issue it could be creating the next epidemic, like asbestos and DDT. If they get it wrong, the Minister who signs this Policy Document could be condemning millions of people to suffer and go to an early grave”.
Burning wood produces fine particulate matter (PM1s) and burning waste wood produces heavy metals such as arsenic and lead, volatile organic compounds and dioxins. These have implications for respiratory illness, heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
“The consultation paper only looks at economic benefits and ignores health and environmental factors” added Mr Kilvert. “Burning wood produces fifty percent more carbon dioxide that burning coal. Storing waste wood will lead to clouds of wood dust particles that will cause respiratory disease and possibly cancer. DEFRA has to look at the overall effects of its wood waste strategy”.
The Breathe Clean Air Group is campaigning to stop the controversial Barton Renewable Energy Plant in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester. A Public Inquiry will be held in November, where a recommendation will be sent to Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, for a final decision.