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Eunomia House Band

Posted by hertswow on May 1, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

On a lighter note, but with a serious message, the consultancy Eunolia have released this notice:

"Dirty Murph and the Kerbside Sorters – composed of some of Eunomia's musically talented staff – released their second album ‘Dark Side of the Bin’ with an appearance on Techno Trash, a waste themed show on Boston free radio. The band now has a strong U.S. fan base, and has even received an invitation to play Nevada's Burning Man festival." link

3D model of VES's proposed facility for Ratty's Lane, Hoddesdon

Posted by hertswow on April 18, 2017 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We have drafted a 3D model based on Veolia ES's plans, drawings and illustrations. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/a609ef04-2cdc-47ed-8d51-d5ba53b8c324/Veolia-ESs-proposed-incinerator-facility-for-Rattys-Lane-Hoddesdon-UK" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

The basic purpose is to assist community groups to explore the scale and prominence of the proposed facility from any local or distant points of view.

  • You can view the model in the 3D Warehouse, or on your PC via the free SketchUp Viewer.
  • Since it is geo-located to the proposed site, you can also view it in Google Earth.
  • Two scene animations are in the model;, lasting 12 seconds and 29 seconds.
  • A basic Briefing about the model, its limitations and potential uses is available.
  • For other examples, search on 'waste incinerator' models via the 3D Warehouse. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/search.html?q=waste%20incinerator&backendClass=both" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here
Please refer to the credits and disclaimers on the underside of the model. In particular, the outline design and imagery for the proposed facility are the property of Veolia ES UK Limited. We refer to them via the 3D model but the authoritative documents are the original ones with the planning application https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here (click on the heading 'Documents' for a list of them).
Let us know of any comments or queries you may wish to raise.

P.S. on 1st May: We have added a 3D model of the business premises around Ratty's Lane plus the proposed incinerator plant. They are intentionally blank so that you can compare the scale and massing of the existing premises with the latter.

P.P.S. on 3rd May: A further example of a 3D visualisation in available on the web site of Gloucesteershire Vale Against Incineration (GlosVain) here. It consists of a video with voice-over, 3 minutes long, that depicts the incinerator proposed in 2015 for Javelin Park in Goucestershire. The visualisation demonstrates its monstrous scale by by touring around a 3D model that shows it alongside Gloucester's main landmarke, double-decker buses and human figures around the plant.

This is one of several videos by the GlosVain group, including a presentation here with a section of Visual Impact: (at 3 mins. 47 secs. to 4 mons. 52 secs.).

Also on the GlosVain web site are minutes of the Core Group's meetings, with initiatives for emissions monitoring and access to the Contract under Freedom of Information.

Public Health England's Incinerator Health Study

Posted by hertswow on April 1, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)


We have looked at all of the items that are in the public domain: official statements, research articles in previous years and the PhD thesis published in Sept. 2016. These are the interim products of a large, lengthy programme that has (after 7 years, or 5 since it was announced) only reached a 'preliminary stage'. That is claimed to be mainly due to the complexity of the research problem and the difficulties in tracing emissions to any particular incinerator, especially when there are several or many sources. On the other hand, the scope has been narrowed to focus primarily on women during pregnancy and on birth statistics.

The early papers identified a range of methodological issues. Several of these were addressed and solutions piloted, albeit with reservations, during the period of the thesis. This drew upon, interacted with and was designed to provide support to various related research projects in which over 22 researchers were engaged. The thesis provided several kinds of valuable results and is the basis for modelling of human exposure and epidemiology of residents living around each of 22 incinerator facilities in the UK that were being operated during some or all of 2003-2007 under Waste Incineration Directive requirements.

We expect that results from that set of models and other findings are what is now in the peer review process. Whether those will be published during 2017 seems doubtful, yet we would welcome them so long as they reflect the scientific findings and not been re-shaped via PHE, the EA and industry lobby groups so as to allow the PHE to carry on asserting that "well run and regulated modern municipal waste incinerators are not a significant risk to public health remains valid." [PHE by email, 14th March 2014]

We are now urging that in view of what is emerging from the research, this guidance be replaced by a statement on a precautionary basis. 

Eunomia's extended scope

Posted by hertswow on March 22, 2017 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In the Spring 2017 Newsletter's Chairman's Introduction, Dr Dominic Hogg announced this:

"While Eunomia’s focus remains on improving the management of waste and resources, the items in this newsletter show how far we’ve travelled in the scope of our work and in our geographical reach. Thanks in part to a growing interest in sustainability and the circular economy we’re making connections with clients in new areas and delivering new and exciting types of work. We’re broadening our idea of what counts as a resource to include such things as clean air, green spaces and other ecosystem services on which we all depend. Improving the management of these resources is a major environmental challenge, one which I plan to focus on in the future."

We very much welcome this wider scope and emphasis on a 'circular economy' of materials.

Charles Walker MP lays into Veolia

Posted by hertswow on March 14, 2017 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

See MRW, "MP targets Veolia over Hertfordshire scheme" 13th March 2017, by Robin Latchem: link

Our Quick Guide to the Consultation, January to March 2017

Posted by hertswow on March 9, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

You can download this from  our Library. We also have a version for western Essex and the Lower Lea Valley. Please refer to theCounty Council's documents for official guidance.

Public Health England's study

Posted by hertswow on March 6, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 Incinerator health study results expected in 2017: link 

"Findings of a series of studies into the potential impacts of waste incinerators on human health are now expected to be presented for review in Spring 2017 – rather than 2016, a government minister has confirmed.

. . . 

In total, the project involves examining areas of up to 5km around 22 incinerators across England, as well as the Dundee Energy Recycling Ltd EfW in Scotland."

P.S. see updated post in April... 

Veolia's proposal for Incinerator at Hoddesdon (2)

Posted by hertswow on March 2, 2017 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Herts CC - Veolia ES Contract

Posted by hertswow on February 21, 2017 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Herts CC have released a set of 30 redacted documents including the Contract and Schedules along with the latest Deed of Variation.

You can contact the Council, who are preparing to make the documents available online. Meanwhile you can access them via our Dropbox store https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/24474210/HertsWOW/Contract%20docs%20so%20far%20x30/HC_VES2017%20Contract%20docs%20so%20far%20x30.zip" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here. (as a large zip file @ 45.3 MB)

We have compared the redactions in the original and latest versions of the Contract and put a list of the differences into our Library.

We have identified that some documents are not in the set we have been sent so far, including four of the previous five deeds of variation. Next, we shall request those missing items from Herts. CC.

Veolia's proposal for Incinerator at Hoddesdon

Posted by hertswow on February 6, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 The public consultation on Veolia's planning application for a mass burn incinerator at Ratty's Lane, Hoddesdon opened, without fanfare, on 18th January 2017. https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">pagehttps://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> 

On that page, click on the tiny heading 'documents' to open the list of documentation. 

Whilst the Map heading has no content at present, you will find a map of the site in the document listed as 'Consultation Site Plan.pdf'.

It is open for public responses until Wednesday 1st March. NOTE: if you miss that date, send in your views anyway, based on planning rules.

You do not have to live or work close to the site, of even in Hertfordshire or Essex, to express a view on the proposal.