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Via its community consultation group, the developers helpd up the SELCHP (South East London Combined Heat & Power) incinerator installation as the model of what they want to site at Chineham.
Here are a few facts that the developers don't like to talk about:-
- This is a giant 45m tall box and has a 100m high stack in an attempt to disperse the pollutants into the atmosphere.
- Over the period Jan 95 to Sept 97 there have been 100 reported polluting emission limit violations. The majority was for hydrochloric acid, a corrosive and health damaging gas and a precursor to dioxin formation. The rate of these failures has increased in this period such that 50 have occurred in the first 9 months of 1997.
- Dioxin emissions are difficult to monitor and expensive to measure. They are therefore checked only 4 times a year on a pre-arranged date!
- During 1994 alone SELCHP released more than 20 billion adult lifetime doses of dioxin (0.34 grams) (See Health Page for details).
- The design of the process generates PM2.5 and PM1 particles which cannot be filtered out by the body and have been shown to be responsible for serious health problems. They act as a carrier of dioxins and other carcinogenic compounds into the body, via the lungs.
- A tiny amount of waste is turned into energy. Plastics burn with the best calorific value and so become necessary to generate the energy claimed in the justification of incineration.
- To this date SELCHP has not generated any local heating! All it's output has been used to generate electricity for which SELCHP get paid. They don't even have to canvas their market; The government has given them a guaranteed outlet by legally obliging the electricity suppliers to purchase. Without this "captive market", it is doubtful that incinerators such as this would be profitable, let alone self-financing.
And if that's not enough, consider this:-
- Hampshire County Council are contracted to supply waste to maintain the incinerator throughput. Therefore the HCC will be unable and unwilling to proceed with recycling initiatives that reduce waste volumes, because there is no financial incentive to do so.
- Any extra emmisions tightenning will have to be paid for by the tax payer. Also, if the incinerators do not go ahead in Hampshire then the HampshireCounty Council are contracted to pay up to £3million to Hampshire Waste Services incompensation!