UPDATE: Toxicity study finds no significant risk to public health in vicinity of Waste4Fuel site

The Waste4Fuel site in Cornwall Drive, St Paul's Cray

The Waste4Fuel site in Cornwall Drive, St Paul's Cray

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A study into the toxicity of air close to the Waste4Fuel site says emissions pose no significant risk to public health.

This comes from analysis by Public Health England of the type of compounds and their levels in ambient air near the recycling plant in St Paul's Cray.

The compounds monitored, such as dimethyl disulphide, are deemed unlikely to cause direct harm to human health, although exposure to odours as a result of the compounds is known to cause anxiety and stress.

This can result in health problems such as headaches, nausea, shortness of breath and sore throats reported in the exposed population.

As a result the report recommends all measures are taken to reduce the off-site odours.

It is also noted that levels of benzene, a known carcinogen, exceeded the air quality standard downwind from the site and at boundry locations, where the public is not regularly exposed.

However in Cornwall Drive, which represents regular human exposure, the benzene concentration was within the standard.

The elevated levels may suggest a local source of benzene, however other sources of benzene close to the site may also need to be considered, such as proximity to the A20.

The report concludes the results do not suggest the potential for significant adverse health risks.

The report comes from one-off sampling carried out over a 14-minute period.

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5:42pm Wed 14 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

So all we have to worry about are the regular outbreaks of fire?

That's a relief.
So all we have to worry about are the regular outbreaks of fire? That's a relief. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 12

7:14pm Wed 14 May 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Is everybody starting to spot the cover-up now.

Next the EA case will be adjourned until after the council elections later this month.
Is everybody starting to spot the cover-up now. Next the EA case will be adjourned until after the council elections later this month. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 12

7:45pm Wed 14 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

"This comes from analysis, carried out by Public Health England"

Obviously got their brown envelope then.
"This comes from analysis, carried out by Public Health England" Obviously got their brown envelope then. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 8

10:35pm Wed 14 May 14

mouthalmighty says...

"No significant health risk". Seriously. I don't live near it but pass by nearly everyday and it makes my toes curl . I pity the people w ho live next door to it. The smell must be horrendous. Stress and blood pressure sky high, not to mention deep depression. Can these people open their windows or sit in the garden? Rats, mice, foxes, all an health risk. Not to mention house prices must be rock bottom. Criminal.
"No significant health risk". Seriously. I don't live near it but pass by nearly everyday and it makes my toes curl . I pity the people w ho live next door to it. The smell must be horrendous. Stress and blood pressure sky high, not to mention deep depression. Can these people open their windows or sit in the garden? Rats, mice, foxes, all an health risk. Not to mention house prices must be rock bottom. Criminal. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 14

11:14am Thu 15 May 14

disgruntres says...

A one off sample over 14 mins does not seem adequate for the unfortunate people who live in the vicinity. The effect of the fires which happen quite regularly(also the cost) MUST be taken into account. All avenues Must be taken to ensure that this eyesight (and the effects both on the residents not forgetting the passers by)to be closed down. This has gone on far too long. The owners have noe regard at all, it makes one wonder who they know in authority. Friends of friends. I thought backhanders was a tennis term!
A one off sample over 14 mins does not seem adequate for the unfortunate people who live in the vicinity. The effect of the fires which happen quite regularly(also the cost) MUST be taken into account. All avenues Must be taken to ensure that this eyesight (and the effects both on the residents not forgetting the passers by)to be closed down. This has gone on far too long. The owners have noe regard at all, it makes one wonder who they know in authority. Friends of friends. I thought backhanders was a tennis term! disgruntres
  • Score: 11

4:12pm Thu 15 May 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

DISGRUNTRES:
That's why us voters MUST ensure a total clearout of existing councillors via the ballot box on 22nd May.

Get rid of the existing, and elect replacements who promise to sort this mess out.

Same for the General Election in 2015 - don't forget how these paid, elected representatives have let us down on this matter !
DISGRUNTRES: That's why us voters MUST ensure a total clearout of existing councillors via the ballot box on 22nd May. Get rid of the existing, and elect replacements who promise to sort this mess out. Same for the General Election in 2015 - don't forget how these paid, elected representatives have let us down on this matter ! The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 2

5:05pm Thu 15 May 14

Mangetout says...

what 'recycling' goes on there, the huge heap gets larger and higher? Toxicity is one thing, what about the rotten smell and smoke from the fires..........obvio
usly no councillors live in the vicinity or it would have been long gone !
what 'recycling' goes on there, the huge heap gets larger and higher? Toxicity is one thing, what about the rotten smell and smoke from the fires..........obvio usly no councillors live in the vicinity or it would have been long gone ! Mangetout
  • Score: 8

10:46pm Fri 16 May 14

Life's to short says...

Feel for the neighbours of this complete eyesore , surely the council should step in for everyone and move this eyesore to a suitable site !!!
Feel for the neighbours of this complete eyesore , surely the council should step in for everyone and move this eyesore to a suitable site !!! Life's to short
  • Score: 3

3:45pm Mon 19 May 14

Ben_Aldridge says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
So all we have to worry about are the regular outbreaks of fire?

That's a relief.
They did the assessment on a wet day! No wonder. How about on a dry windy day like today? Make the Council pay at the elections on Thursday by voting for different people
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: So all we have to worry about are the regular outbreaks of fire? That's a relief.[/p][/quote]They did the assessment on a wet day! No wonder. How about on a dry windy day like today? Make the Council pay at the elections on Thursday by voting for different people Ben_Aldridge
  • Score: 3

12:10am Tue 20 May 14

mouthalmighty says...

Ben_Aldridge wrote:
goldenbroomboy wrote:
So all we have to worry about are the regular outbreaks of fire?

That's a relief.
They did the assessment on a wet day! No wonder. How about on a dry windy day like today? Make the Council pay at the elections on Thursday by voting for different people
I do wonder sometimes about the appropriate qualifications of the environmental staff. I say this because the few conversations I've had with them over the years left me speechless. Commonsense is what's needed a lot of the time, backed up by scientific knowledge.
[quote][p][bold]Ben_Aldridge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: So all we have to worry about are the regular outbreaks of fire? That's a relief.[/p][/quote]They did the assessment on a wet day! No wonder. How about on a dry windy day like today? Make the Council pay at the elections on Thursday by voting for different people[/p][/quote]I do wonder sometimes about the appropriate qualifications of the environmental staff. I say this because the few conversations I've had with them over the years left me speechless. Commonsense is what's needed a lot of the time, backed up by scientific knowledge. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 0

8:00pm Wed 21 May 14

nanny wizzard says...

Not being able to sit in the garden, open our windows,not being able to put any washing out because of the vile smell these are the things affecting all of the Residents close to site,and the frustration of watching the DUMP getting ever bigger and nothing and no one able to do anything about it.Yes it is causing stress people want to get away from the properties they have worked hard to build up lots of people with small children cant let them play outside in the holidays and try to take them away and have to pay through the nose to fund .This situation is intolerable outrageous,disgustin
g and and unbelievable in this day and age its being allowed to happen.
Not being able to sit in the garden, open our windows,not being able to put any washing out because of the vile smell these are the things affecting all of the Residents close to site,and the frustration of watching the DUMP getting ever bigger and nothing and no one able to do anything about it.Yes it is causing stress people want to get away from the properties they have worked hard to build up lots of people with small children cant let them play outside in the holidays and try to take them away and have to pay through the nose to fund .This situation is intolerable outrageous,disgustin g and and unbelievable in this day and age its being allowed to happen. nanny wizzard
  • Score: 0

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