'Wisbech a non-starter for incinerator,' says reader
During King's Lynn Incinerator’s public inquiry, which Wisbech will need to make a request for at the earliest opportunity, the following points arose:
1) – The maximum deposition of harmful particulate matter that will come out of an industrial chimney is ten times further than the height of that chimney, as a radius. So your 95m stack chimney will deposit harmful respiratory particles, at a worst distance point 950 metres from that chimney, a diameter 1.9km – a perfect circle in modelling.
In reality the prevailing wind will distort the shape downwind, which will increase its greatest harm, to a potential double distance. This is crucial for site location.
2) – Norfolk County Council had secret plans to import waste from other counties, but their planning paperwork only used county waste data.
Ask if your Cambridgeshire Council, with MVV, are dealing in waste from other counties. We found at least three.
3) – Check the pH of local soil, as it will become very significantly more acidic over the life of the ‘burner’. Many crops will be lost, refused by supermarkets for pollution, with land becoming unsellable, unable to sell crops.
A distance of 11km from the incinerator was discussed at great length, from burner site to Roydon Common – still harming fauna and flora – and experts acknowledged the acidity changes over the years.
4) – 24-7/365 waste trucks are heavily polluting themselves, but will also need 24-hour lighting for HSE – so bad light pollution, noise pollution.
Infrastructure is not good around Wisbech, so make sure it's accounted for.
5) – I saw a harbour porpoise in the River Nene. All ‘red-listed’ species are protected by law. Planning authorities cannot go breaking international laws.
It's also illegal to disturb, harm or kill, or effect natural migration, of a whole list of wildlife species. In UK planning, the animals are better protected than humans.
6) – The Fenland region naturally has ‘temperature inversion’ areas, in proximity to water. This keeps a lid on pollution escaping – so it is a recipe for disaster, with the potential of ten times pollution levels, the incinerator company will claim on planning proposal.
Wisbech’s undoubtedly Fenland position is a non-starter location.
Just a few points to consider.
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