Monday, 21 September 2009

Gormley urged to ban export of incerator ash

Minister for the Environment John Gormley has been called on to ban the exportation of ash material produced from waste incineration in Ireland.

The Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) said the country should manage the waste itself, which is likely to reach 250,000 tonnes over the next few years under current proposals. According the organisation, this would amount to the loss of a commodity worth over €20 million per year.

Waste generated by the proposed Poolbeg incinerator, which has a capacity of 600,000 tonnes per annum, is required to be exported under imposed planning conditions. Up 25,000 tonnes of the ash produced each year could be hazardous in nature.

The IWMA has written to Mr Gormley, urging him to discuss with Dublin City Council how this ash can be treated within Ireland.

“Exporting ash is wrong environmentally, economically and is totally unsustainable in the modern era. It also leaves us vulnerable under the law and increases costs to the consumer," said IWMA chairman Jim Kells.

"Instead of recognising the resource value of the ash, we are literally shipping money and jobs out of the country. We are imposing our waste on other countries and will remain completely reliant on these countries to continue accepting our ash. Germany has already banned this material from entering its borders. As we saw from the temporary collapse of the dry recyclables market last year, over-reliance on export routes can place a huge strain on our ability to function. It is imperative Ireland can manage what it produces."

Under a new Waste Framework Directive approved by Member States last November, countries could refuse to accept waste from neighbouring states under the principle that waste should be treated as close as possible to where it is produced.

"We are calling on the Minister for Environment to exercise his powers to create the regulatory certainty that will incentivise investment in the necessary treatment facilities and to allow us realise the benefits that can accrue from these exciting new developments," Mr Kells said.

"The Minister can make this happen and signalling a ban on ash exportation would be a good start."

Irish Times


The Galway Tent said...

These particles kill.

A proportion of the toxic particles are captured in ash. The remaining toxic particles will be pumped up the multiple chimneys to be spread all over Dublin.


Relative risk of deep vein thrombosis from fine particulate matter.


The current air pollution burden in Poolbeg from PM-10 air pollution particles is already at the dangerous level of 50 µg/m3. A Poolbeg Incinerator will increase air pollution above 50 µg/m3, increasing the number of deaths from heart problems and possibly from various cancers.

For Ringsend/Poolbeg the already existing air pollution level causes the risk of death from deep vein thrombosis to be ten to twenty times higher than in a relatively clean-air suburb (see chart: read this science). Added air pollution from an incinerator will increase the relative death risk towards the 20 to 40 or even 80 times higher level.

Politicians have ignored the science, ignored the scientists in Bord Pleanala and EPA-Ireland, recklessly sidelined Health Impact Reports and decided Poolbeg is an excellent location for further toxic air pollution from a Waste-To-Toxics incinerator! It's a safe bet the politicians did this via the director level political cronies they appointed to Bord Pleanala and in EPA.

* Dublin City Council's Poolbeg Sewage Factory is managed by politicians. A Poolbeg incinerator managed to the same incompetent standard will push the relative death risk to 20 to 40 times (possibly to 80 times).

* You can not prove air pollution particles have damaged your health.


Deadliest Particles are Smaller Than PM-10

The May 2008 Italian research is for PM10 particles. Governments make sure not to measure the even more deadly PM2.5 and PM1.0 particles. This is used in the "no evidence" excuse used by industry experts, a tobacco industry best-practice.

The EPA-Ireland website does not list site-specific-sources of deadly PM pollution at Poolbeg - the EPA-USA has similar data on-line. The Irish Independent reports that the former Ten Year Director of EPA-Ireland has been hired by Covanta/Energy-Answers.

afollac said...

dublin waste incinerator ideas
if the ringsend incinerator requires 600000 tonnes per year, and there is only 300, ton available, what about digging up all the landfill waste and burning it, there are millions of tons of landfill in ringsend and dunsink.

and the financial waste in government services, in the HSA, in CO CO'S theres waste everywhere, burn that.