Criminal damage: A review of the performance of municipal waste incinerators within the UK
In the UK incinerator operators are required to keep records of
incidents when they emit pollutants above the legally permitted
level. Whilst trawling through these for our "Criminal Damage"
report I found several examples of PVC persistently causing major
problems. Sometimes these problems are poorly described as for
eg "waste content problem" or "large quantity of plastic waste".
Others give more detail eg. "chlorinated product in feedstock"
and some are quite specific about the reason for the illegal breach
eg "incineration of a large quantity of vinyl wallpaper".
You can see the report, which has tabulated summaries of reasons
for breaches on Greenpeace UK website
Note that these reports only refer to acid gas breaches as these are
continuously monitored. Dioxins are not continuously monitored
and so possible breaches of dioxins during these times are not
Also visit the UK Governments Environment Agency website to see
their statement that restricting chlorine (PVC) into the Edmonton
plant has helped reduce HCl and dioxin emissions.
Mark Strutt, Greenpeace UK
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