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SITA Incinerator - call for donations

CSWN (Cornwall Sustainable Waste Network) are asking all food producers, processors and the tourist trade in Cornwall generally for donations to fight the SITA incinerator plan on their behalf.

We need several thousand pounds for legal representation and for various tests required as evidence, which are very expensive i.e. up to £600 a test. CSWN are the only people fighting for the food companies in the case.

If this incinerator is built these companies may very soon not have a business to advertise. For example the milk industry, both Milk Link and Dairy Crest have told me that if this incinerator is built, then they will have to test all the milk on a very regular basis in case of Dioxin contamination, if found, and it reaches a certain level then all these business will be out of business.

Other food producers are likelyto be similarly affected and tourism may well suffer serious consequences.

Please donate generously, we would suggest £100 for a small business and £1000 for larger companies. Thank you very much.

Please find attached the technical 'Proof of Evidence' prepared by CSWN.

Best regards

Elizabeth
E.Hawken [e.hawken@btinternet.com]
Miss Elizabeth Hawken
Chairman of CSWN

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STATEMENT OF CORNWALL SUSTAINABLE WASTE NETWORK

CORNWALL SUSTAINABLE WASTE NETWORK

Proof of Evidence of CSWN
By Miss Elizabeth Hawken Chairman of CSWN

Rule 6

On behalf of CSWN

Public inquiry Appeal into

APP/D0840/A/09/2113075

Land at Rostowrack Farm, St. Dennis, St Austell,
Cornwall PL26 8DX

STATEMENT OF CORNWALL SUSTAINABLE WASTE NETWORK

Contents

1 Summary
2 Introduction of main case from CSWN
2.4 E.U. Directive 2008/98/EC
3 Public enquiry 2002
4 Planning application 2008
5 Waste Strategy for England 2007.
6 PPS 1, 10, 11,
7 Regional Spatial Strategy for South West England
8 PPS 22,
9 PPS 23
10 British Society of Ecological Medicine
11 Suitability of a waste incinerator in central Cornwall
11.1 The food industry
12 Population of Cornwall
13 Joint waste panel

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Summary

1 Cornwall Sustainable Waste Network (CSWN) is a county wide organisation whose
membership is open to any individual or organisation that supports the objectives of
Waste minimization and the correct handling and disposal of that waste.

1.1 The members of CSWN have qualifications in a variety of areas. From Engineering, Farming, law, to myself a member of the Royal Society of Health. I am born and bred Cornish. Like many other people I left the Duchy, married, had many years connected with the oil industry world wide, and fully understand the thinking of large companies. I studied at college gained qualifications, for the Royal Society of Health and food management, divorced, came home again. I came back home thirty odd years ago. I ran my own food business, farm and delicatessen for quite a few years, and have been a manager in the tourist industry. I have been studying the consequences of dioxin contamination for twenty five years or more, with qualified colleagues around the planet.
CSWN is also connected to GAIA, UKWIN, and other similar organisations world wide.

1.2 CSWN, as the name states believes that there is a sustainable way do deal with all products that the public feel to be waste. CSWN has been working on and investigating the best way to deal with the disposal of residual Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and commercial waste for at least ten years. There are far better modern ways of dealing with our waste than burning it in a huge incinerator. Anaerobic Digestion, Pyrolysis and Gasification are good examples. There are also In Vessel Composting, and Autoclaving.

1.3 There are three things which permit the human being to live on this planet: 1, Clean Oxygen, 2 Clean Water and 3 Clean Protein. If the human animal has these it will survive, if any of the three are contaminated with bacteria or chemicals, especially Dioxins, they will not survive.
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1.4 In 2002 CSWN gave evidence at the waste public enquiry. We stated at that time that there were far better ways of disposing of Cornwall’s waste rather than burning valuable recyclable products in an out of date Incinerator. As they are not tested for dioxins these will contaminate vast areas of farm land in Cornwall.

1.5 The case for a modern way of Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and not burning is even more important today, as many more products can now be recycled and need to be, as a great many products are made from oil, which is rapidly running out. All these commodities can and should be recycled:- Paper, Wood, Animal and Vegetable food waste, Cotton, Wool, Glass, Metal, all Plastics, Concrete, Bricks, Road surfaces. The only things which must be destroyed are hospital wastes, which are bacteria contaminated, or chemical wastes and Pyrolysis is the best way for this, in close proximity to where that waste is produced.

1.6 CSWN will give evidence to the fact that the proposed development of an Incinerator in central Cornwall is considered to be unacceptable because of the harm the development would cause to the countryside and farming interests in the whole of Cornwall, by way of visual impact, CO2, through unnecessary lorry journeys, noise, and contamination of agricultural land and would also be against the Proximity Principle.

1.7 Sighting a contaminating incinerator in this way is against the Waste Strategy for England 2007
This planning application for a centrally situated incinerator is also against the Proximity Principle in; Planning Policy 1, 10, 11, 22, 23

1.8 St Dennis and the central area of Cornwall is a completely unsuitable area, situated beside a SSSI and within a few kilometers of some of the best farm land, a large amount of which is organic, in Cornwall. This land is producing millions of gallons of milk per day, which is feeding the population of the whole UK. Ref:- Paper from the Cornwall Economic Forum AGRI-FOOD

1.9 To place one huge 240,000 ton incinerator with a chimney of 120 meters, which will contaminate upward of ten miles with the dioxins which can not be stopped from emanating from this chimney, as there is no known way to stop nanoparticles from escaping from such a high chimney and entering into any cell vegetable or animal.

1.10 The population of Cornwall is 550 000, 220,000 are of working age, and 100,000 of these people work directly or indirectly, or are attached in some way to the food producing or processing industries in Cornwall.
Cornwall earns her living from food production and processing. The tourist industry employs around another 12,000 people, but that industry does not
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produce food for the masses as the farmers do, but they now sell themselves on the perception that their industry is in fact feeding the tourist on locally grown clean uncontaminated food.

1.11 Placing a huge incinerator in the centre of this very large industry may seem very good if the people working in the incinerator industry live, and come from a large city, and neither know or understand where their daily food has come from. If that food is contaminated they will very soon learn the hard way that this is the cause.

1.12 Food production is the most important industry in any country. Cornwall produces more food for human consumption than any other county in the UK. This incinerator is putting both that industry and the lives of the unborn child at risk.

1.13 Figures showing where the population of Cornwall is mostly situated is from Truro to Penzance. There are fewer people living in the area from Newquay, St. Austell area up to the Devon border.

1.14 The Waste Local Plan that is being used for this planning application was started on the 15 June 1995, and at that time the proximity principle and reusing, recycling and composting was at the top of the Cornwall County Council agenda. The production was to be ready by April 1996, and there was no waste management plan in operation at that time.

1.15 That Cornwall Waste Local Plan was written 10 to is 15 years ago, and is now well out of date with current thinking on the waste issues. In 1998/9 AEA technology consultant Dr Patel, was appointed to do a study of energy from waste, after it had been decided they should build this then 300,000 ton incinerator. In February 2000 Dr Patel advised that they should build an incinerator in the middle of this Duchy beside a SSSI and at the end of a large airport run way.

1.16 As regards commercial waste; more and more companies are realizing that it is cheaper, and more cost effective to recycle, and reduce their waste than to send it either to be buried or burned. So there is not going to be a huge amount of commercial waste in Cornwall to be burned. Far from the residual waste going up in Cornwall it is actually going down. In 1998 Dr Patel stated that a 300,000 ton incinerator would be needed in the centre of Cornwall, Mr. Howard Rose put this back to 200,000 tons. We are now down to 180,000 tons of Municipal Solid Waste MSW, solid waste that originates from residential sources, with the commercial part of the waste stream getting smaller by the week.

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1.17 If this contaminating incinerator were to be built, the county would still have to find landfill space for 60,000 to 80,000 tons of fly and bottom ash to be buried each and every year. SITA insists that they can turn contaminated bottom ash into aggregate for roads, and building blocks for housing. This is not possible as Cornwall can not rid herself of the millions of tons of clean aggregate that she already has. No one is going to buy contaminated ash from an incinerator, particularly as the Highways Agency has now banned the use of bottom ash in foamed concrete because of the risk of explosion.

1.18 When all putrescible waste is anaerobically digested the end product goes back into the land, there is no waste to go to landfill.

1.19 For all the reasons above CSWN would ask that this appeal be refused.