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EA's Consultation towards Environmental Permit - closed

Posted by hertswow on August 18, 2017 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday the Environment Agency's consultation on Veolia ES'a application for an Environmental Permit closed. We submitted a comprehensive response to the permitting team in terms of the range of topics, without specialising in any of them. At the same time, we sent a copy to the planning support team of ES who are in correspondence with Veolia and with Herts. CC about VES's planning application. We divided our concerns between permitting and planning, though there can be overlaps.

The gist of our response is that notwithstanding VES's claims about best available techniques, mitigation measures etc. the EA should refuse VES an environmental permit to operate the proposed facility because it is in the processes it would use are inevitably harmful to its surroundings, not least in terms of emissions fromthe facility and the transportation.

Defra's Air Quality Strategy, 26 July 2017

Posted by hertswow on July 27, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday the UK Government/Defra published its policy paper on 'Air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in UK (2017)' https://deref-gmx.co.uk/mail/client/p71ljOMdouA/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ukpia.com%2Fnews_press%2F2017%2F07%2F26%2Fukpia-statement---government%27s-air-quality-strategy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here 

Whilst the report's target timescales are ridiculously long and will doubtless be overtaken by events, this provides campaigners with a topical source to raise in consultations and enquiries regardless of closing dates for responses.

Lobbyists at UKPIA have yet to make any substantial response. https://deref-gmx.co.uk/mail/client/p71ljOMdouA/dereferrer/?redirectUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ukpia.com%2Fnews_press%2F2017%2F07%2F26%2Fukpia-statement---government%27s-air-quality-strategy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here

Household Waste Recycling Centre at Ware

Posted by hertswow on July 19, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Herts. CC are running a consultation on a proposal to redevelop and expand the centre to replace the inadequate facilities dating from the 1970s. This is part of a programme to enhance the HWRC network across the county. proposal, form (by today):

"A split-level HWRC for deposit of wastes for re- use, recycling, recovery/disposal together with a Re-Use Centre, weighbridge, site offices and staff welfare facilities. The facility would be designed with capacity to receive up to 300,000 visitors and around 10,000 tonnes of waste per annum."

I only came across this today, but do not let the closing date put you off if you wish to respond. The online form will close but we have put a copy of the questionshttps://www.dropbox.com/s/j5zimemi4g3jkk8/Ware%20HWRC%20Consultation%20questions.rtf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

A standby copy of the exhibition brochure is https://www.dropbox.com/s/iw5hwmunlm1c8o6/ware-household-recycling-centre-proposals.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

EA's Consultation re Env. Permit for VES Ratty's Lane - DATE CHANGED

Posted by hertswow on July 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Environment Agency notice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/en 11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited-environmental-permit-application-advertisement/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited-environmental-permit-application-advertisement" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">details

"EN11 0RF, Veolia ES Hertfordshire Limited:environmental permit application advertisement . . .

If you have any comments on the application send these by 17th August 2017. - NOTE  THE CHANGE OF CLOSING DATE.

Online: view and comment on the application using https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/en11-0rf-veolia-es-hertfordshire-limited" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Citizen Space

Email: [email protected]

Or write to:

Environment Agency, Permitting and Support Centre, Land Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield S9 4WF"

Quote the Application number: EPR/SP3038DY/A001.

Herts. CC Waste Local Plan Stakeholder Event

Posted by hertswow on July 16, 2017 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On 23rd August, Herts. CC wil be running a Stakeholder Event towards updating their Waste Local Plan. It will be held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Herts., SG1 2FQ. map

You can request an invitation to take part as a specialist group from Trish Lyons, Planning Policy Officer, Minerals and Waste Policy Team, Spatial Planning & Economy Unit, by Friday 4th August: [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE that Herts, CC have advised us that "the workshop is seeking to explore how to address key issues in the forthcoming Waste Local Plan" since this is "a preliminary event to seek initial views" and not a formal consultation.

"...  we are very much at the first stage of document review and a draft Waste Local Plan is a long way off at present. As the plan review progresses, we will engage with different parties depending on the issue and stage, in line with the SCI [Statement of Community Involvement]; all formal stages of plan production will be carried out in accordance with the appropriate regulations."

"The invitation has been circulated to organisations and groups under the following headings: statutory consultees, District/Borough Councils, adjoining authorities, internal colleagues, linked business groups, Green Belt and landscape groups and other environmental/wildlife groups, including Friends of the Earth."

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