Thursday, June 27, 2013

Introducing the latest stooge Dr Mark Bloomfield

I got an email from Green Party member Jim Duffy (based in Sutton):

I thought I'd do a search on Dr Mark Bloomfield who was Sutton's (unhelpful) independent Air Quality expert at the planning meeting on 15th May. 
It turns out he works for AEA Technology who use incinerators to burn radwaste! I fought off an attempt by AEA Technology to transport their low level radioactive waste from Abingdon in Oxfordshire and burn it in an incinerator in Avonmouth. AEA was previously known as the Atomic Energy Authority. They are now a more generalised commercial company but my impression is their experts support technologies that greens would often disapprove of. 
Bloomfield represented Trafford Borough Council as their independent advisor on pollution but raised no objections to a successful application for a large (20MW) and controversial biomass plant by the Manchester Ship Canal. See para 51:
I can't think of any action to take over this snippet but thought I'd let you all know in case it's usefull 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Written question to Boris for Mayor's Question Time (19th June)

Sutton Energy Recovery FacilityFrom Jenny Jones Green Party AM

The proposed Energy Recovery Facility in Beddington, Sutton, will  incinerate hundreds of thousands of tonnes of recyclable waste over the period of the contract. A resolution passed in May 2012 by the European Parliament called for incineration with energy recovery to be limited to ‘non-recyclable materials only’ by 2020. As this may pave the way for far more stringent incineration polices within the lifetime of the proposed facility, following the forthcoming review of the EU Waste Framework Directive, will you consider this as a material consideration in your forthcoming Stage II decision?

 It’s a written question, and not an oral question for the reason that Boris cannot make any public comments on any matters relating to an upcoming planning decision including at Mayor’s Question Time, until he has officially made it as a stage II planning decision in this case.  He knows that if he expressed any views prior to this, personal or otherwise, it would be regarded as prejudicing his decision and he would get into all sorts of legal problem.
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