Concerns over Beddington incinerator emissions monitoring

Concerns have been raised over how emissions from the proposed Beddington incinerator would be monitored.

Data on emissions produced by the incinerator, if it is built, would be provided by Viridor, which would run the proposed facility.

At a briefing from the waste company, several Sutton councillors raised concerns over whether the proposed system allowed suitable independent monitoring.

Speaking after the briefing, Sutton South councillor Tony Shields said: “I have some concerns about the system, especially about how closely the Environment Agency (EA) will watch what is happening.”

Viridor said emissions produced by the incinerator would be at levels deemed safe by EA.

Robert Ryan, Viridor’s head of projects, said the Government agency would be able to monitor the setting up of the facility and emissions data when it was up and running.

He said in a worst case scenario, if there were problems with emissions levels, systems would be in place to allow an emergency shut-down.

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2:07pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Why can't the waste for incineration be transported in an environmentally way by railway to the existing incineraror in Kent? Once built in Beddington the private owners will want to sweat their asset to maximise profits so will take waste from anywhere if the waste from the local London Boroughs is insufficient for this. I'm fed up with politicians shafting plans through in the face of public concern as with Cameron's unnecessary NHS privatisation Act. When politicians override our carefully evolved system of checks and balances which CaMoron Bull in the China Shop is doing "at full throttle" on all fronts we are left with direct action by citizens to redress the balance. Harmful law is bad law which does not deserve to be respected.
Why can't the waste for incineration be transported in an environmentally way by railway to the existing incineraror in Kent? Once built in Beddington the private owners will want to sweat their asset to maximise profits so will take waste from anywhere if the waste from the local London Boroughs is insufficient for this. I'm fed up with politicians shafting plans through in the face of public concern as with Cameron's unnecessary NHS privatisation Act. When politicians override our carefully evolved system of checks and balances which CaMoron Bull in the China Shop is doing "at full throttle" on all fronts we are left with direct action by citizens to redress the balance. Harmful law is bad law which does not deserve to be respected. Michael Pantlin
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2:08am Sat 7 Apr 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Joined in a delightful organisated ramble yesterday from St. Mary's Church Beddington to BedZed via rural footpath across the Farm Irrigation Bridge. Learned how Network Rail with an eye to their profits have made it all but impassible to pedestrians and cyclists by constructing fences and cages. They want to demolish it rather than repair it. Crazy at a time when we are being encouraged to exercise and need such important oases of nature and tranquility in the mad speeding, polluting metrolopiss.
Joined in a delightful organisated ramble yesterday from St. Mary's Church Beddington to BedZed via rural footpath across the Farm Irrigation Bridge. Learned how Network Rail with an eye to their profits have made it all but impassible to pedestrians and cyclists by constructing fences and cages. They want to demolish it rather than repair it. Crazy at a time when we are being encouraged to exercise and need such important oases of nature and tranquility in the mad speeding, polluting metrolopiss. Michael Pantlin
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8:04am Sat 7 Apr 12

tamworth says...

I am not surprised that people are concerned about the proposed incinerator in Beddington Lane. I attended the recent meeting by ERM a company appointed by Viridor to do a health assessment and I wasn't convinced that local residents would be protected from dangerous emissions.I also attended the Exhibition at Vestry Hall on the 23 March which consisted of enlarged photos. The notice outside just said Exhibition with no indication of the subject. Very few residents seem to have received the leaflet from Viridor detailing their plans
I am not surprised that people are concerned about the proposed incinerator in Beddington Lane. I attended the recent meeting by ERM a company appointed by Viridor to do a health assessment and I wasn't convinced that local residents would be protected from dangerous emissions.I also attended the Exhibition at Vestry Hall on the 23 March which consisted of enlarged photos. The notice outside just said Exhibition with no indication of the subject. Very few residents seem to have received the leaflet from Viridor detailing their plans tamworth
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