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Waste campaigner slams Cornwall Council
A leading member of the Cornwall Waste Forum addressed a recent meeting of Mebyon Kernow members in St Austell and Newquay, when he criticised Cornwall Council for failing to meet its responsibility to properly monitor air quality in the Mid Cornwall area.

Rod Toms, a long-standing opponent of the waste incinerator being built at St Dennis, said:

“The incinerator at St Dennis is nearing completion. And yet, Cornwall Council has failed to meet its obligation to assess background air quality in advance of the plant coming into operation.

“Cornwall Council, as a principal local authority, is legally obliged under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 to assess and review air quality. This is linked to the EU Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe.”

He also told the meeting:

“The Council needs to demonstrate how it will meet the requirement of frequent tests as there are likely to be significant changes in pollutant concentrations at St Dennis when the incinerator starts up.

“But it is presently saying that it will not be carrying out tests and intends to discharge its responsibility by getting a local community group to carry out tests. That would be like giving responsibility to the local boy scouts with a thing for getting stones out of horses’ hooves and a piece of string.”

In addition, Rod Toms confirmed that the Waste Forum would be continuing to put pressure on Cornwall Council to suspend the start up of the incinerator until appropriate testing of background ambient air quality had been carried out at St. Dennis.
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Published on 25th January 2016.

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