* Posts by Galway Tent

4 posts • joined 23 Mar 2009

Better Place talks up DONG-powered e-car scheme

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DONG creates global pollution

DONG is building a waste-to-toxins factory in Dublin. This will pump 650 thousand Tonnes of CO2 into the air each year. In addition the world will be polluted with microparticles and even more dangerous nanoparticles (cancers, heart problems; unmonitored pollution; cute wee hoor Irish governance standards). Dong is the cynically innocent public face for New Jerseys waste industry and proven dioxin releasers, Covanta (Rutgers Law Centre).

Dong-covanta destroy energy (embedded in burnt products).

Dong employees told lies to members of the public.


No welcome in the valleys for Welsh incinerator

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WHO Incineration Health Effects Assessment by the WHO

Incineration Health Effects Assessment by the WHO and Other Authorities

SCIENCE: Incineration Health Effects Assessment by the WHO and Other Authorities


Assessment by the WHO and Other Authorities

Based on World Health Organisation Air Quality Guidelines the British Society for Ecological Medicine has estimated that a 1μg per cubic metre increase in PM2.5 particulates(a) would lead to a reduced life expectancy of 40 days per person over 15 years(b).

Although this figure appears small they note that the public health implications are large and the effect on a typical population of 250,000 surrounding an incinerator would be a loss of 27,500 man-years of life over a 15 year time period.

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Covanta REPEATEDLY fined for releasing dioxins, toxic emissions

October 9, 2006

In New Jersey, the Covanta company has been REPEATEDLY fined for releasing excessive amounts of dioxin and other toxic emissions from its Essex County plant.

In the past year, New Jersey regulators have ordered Covanta to pay for violations at ALL three of its waste-to-energy plants in the state.

The Rutgers Environmental Law Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey has filed a notice of its intent to sue Covanta over repeated Clean Air Act violations at the Essex plant, the state's largest garbage incinerator.


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European Union policy could cost you 2 years of life.

European Respiratory Society: European Union policy could cost you 2 years of life.

The European Respiratory Society has published its concern about the mismatch between European Union policy and the best scientific evidence.

They state that a reduction in the yearly average PM2.5 particulates to 15μg per cubic metre(c) would result in life expectancy gains, at age 30, of between 1 month and 2 years.

They point out that the benefits of implementing stringent air pollution legislation would outweigh the costs. These recommendations are sensible and based on sound science.

A programme of building incinerators would unfortunately achieve the opposite: they would increase particulate pollution, reduce life expectancy and would be at odds with the best science.

Statements by leading researchers include the following:

“the magnitude of the association between fine particles and mortality suggests that controlling fine particles would result in saving thousands of early deaths each year” (Schwartz)


“there is consistent evidence that fine particulates are associated with increased all cause, cardiac and respiratory mortality. These findings strengthen the case for controlling the levels of respiratory particulates in outdoor air”


c) The US National Ambient Air Quality Standard for PM 2.5 particulates was introduced into the USA in 1997 with a mean annual limit of 15μg per cubic metre. This had measurable health benefits.

An annual mean limit for PM 2.5 particulates is to be introduced into Scotland in 2010 and this will be 12μg per cubic metre. An annual mean target for PM 2.5 particulates is to be introduced into the UK in 2020 and this will be 25μg per cubic metre. Many will wonder why the difference is so vast when the science is the same




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