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Stop the Barry incinerator from getting a licence

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Petition to: UK Parliament, Natural Resources Wales & Welsh Govt.
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act and instruct the relevant agencies to decline the application for Licence for Biomass UK No. 2 Ltd. Incinerator, Barry Dock ref. PAN-000869.

They said the emissions from the plant “Will not harm the health of residents”. Please state what standards are used to safeguard more vulnerable groups, including those with asthma, COPD and youngsters whose lung development can be stunted by pollution. Please note that the World Health Organisation says that air quality standards are inadequate and warns authorities against complacency.

Recent accidental fires in wood-chip stockpiles have generated nauseous fumes, sickening residents near several sites in South Wales. Will you require Biomass to give information on the toxicity of fumes from such a potential fire in their stockpile of 2,000 cubic metres chipped waste-wood? Will Biomass have to comply with NRW 2016 guidance, and disclose the potential consequences of such a fire for residents, including school children, in the 1-km Fire Risk Circle?
The company’s Fire Prevention Plan is badly incomplete, and fails to comply with NRW’s 2016 guidance. It will need re-writing with additional data, to cover sensitive receptors including schools and an open air market place within the 1-km Fire Risk Zone. The consequences of a fire for them must be disclosed.

The licence was advertised for stop-start operation, yet the company give emissions for a continuously operating plant. Require them to give emission data for the much higher pollution in stop-start mode. Stop-start operation potentially gives higher vibration and noise levels, and lower efficiency. How many times a day would they start up? Require the company to show experience elsewhere on start-stop operation and submit data accordingly.

The local wind patterns include winds frequently blowing from the dock towards Barry Town. As these wind patterns differ markedly from the wind pattern assumed by the company (from data gathered at Rhoose airport), will you require that the company use directly relevant data from local wind patterns, and reassess their plume modelling?

The company’s application document shows modelling of a pollution plume hitting the Buttrill’s area of Barry (Section 5, page 14 ‘Assessment of Impact -  Human Health Impacts’) including homes and schools. Please ask Biomass to supply worst-case effects in other parts of Barry, including the area where I live.

The night-time noise levels given in the application are abnormally high. Realistic levels were measured in the 2008 Parsons-Brinckerhoff study. Will you require the company to accept that data; and design the plant to be no noisier than normal night-time levels at local homes, including Waterfront new-builds?

Other concerns include:
- The close proximity to many thousands of homes, when industrial sites are vacant further away from the town.
- The chimney stack is in line with the windows of neighbouring houses, and can give high pulses of fumes in a home for short periods.
- Nanoparticles in the plume, thought to be the most dangerous for health, are disregarded as unregulated, yet should be minimised (as from diesel vehicles).
- Many schools and nurseries will receive the direct impact of the pollution plume under certain weather conditions.
- Ty Hafan children’s hospice can be impacted by the plume.
- The Barry Community Water Activity Centre can be impacted by the plume.
- Failure to comply with the Energy Efficiency legislation re: use of waste heat.
- The application does not consider the safety of neighbouring businesses within its fire risk plans.
- It does not consider the effects of potential flooding on the plant’s safe operation and pollution.
- It does not consider the risks of a fire in adjacent businesses (as happened last year) on the incineration plant itself.
- It does not consider the risks of a derailment of chemical tanks with toxic or flammable chemicals on the adjacent rail-line (as happened 10 years ago)
- It does not consider the electrical substation with power lines, where they might be sited and vulnerabilities to breakdown (in fire, flood or derailment).

Incinerators are burning waste which could be otherwise recycled. The UK already has enough incinerators to burn our non-recyclable waste so they are burning recyclable waste to keep the incinerators going. The plant will release a cocktail of particulate matter, chemicals, metals, dioxins and furans - the most toxic chemical known to science. The major source of dioxins & furans in the environment come from burning waste!  Experts have warned these are all a major cause of cancers, birth defects, breathing difficulties and heart disease. These poisons will fall over a wide area around South Wales and beyond, wherever the winds take it.

The waste that this plant burns is NOT our local waste. It is commercial and industrial waste brought from anywhere! The plant will NOT bring a major job boom to the area - again as suggested in the local press. In fact a maximum of 20 staff may be required and many of these are already employed by the European operating Company.  

Local residents will NOT benefit from cheaper energy bills - as was implied in the press.

The plant will be a huge, ugly, monstrosity clearly visible from thousands of windows and gardens throughout the Vale Of Glamorgan.

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