Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My incinerator letter in the local Guardian papers


Dear Editor

A new peer reviewed Spanish study covering data from 1997-2006 has found a significant increase in dying from cancer in towns 5km from waste incinerators. Incinerators in this study were found to be responsible for tumours of the lung, pleura and gallbladder (men) and stomach (women).  

Relating to incinerators, a study by The International Agency for Research on Cancer has categorized ultrafine airborne particles containing cancer-causing substances as the most harmful to human health.

These findings are consistent with an article in Private Eye magazine in which an emissions tester for private company has cast doubt on the Environment Agency’s monitoring of the ultrafine particles from incinerators. These ultra-particles escape with the smoke through the chimney. They are so microscopic they evade the world’s most sophisticated filtration systems.

It is staggering that an application to build such an incinerator received approval by this council. 

However, I still hold hope that the High Court will find the decision to approve unlawful in a judicial review. In the meantime, please to sign the petition on www.stoptheincinerator.co.uk

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan
Croydon Green Part

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