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Public Health England - final report, update

Posted by hertswow on November 1, 2019 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

See PHE statement on modern municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) study - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/municipal-waste-incinerators-emissions-impact-on-health/phe-statement-on-modern-municipal-waste-incinerators-mwi-study" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Updated 15 October 2019 :


PHE statement on modern municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) study

The results of a major study on modern municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) have been published by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) at Imperial College London.

The 2 papers - published respectively in November 2018 and May 2019 - found no evidence of an increased risk of infant mortality for children living close to MWIs.

A final paper, published in June 2019, found no evidence of increased risk of congenital anomalies from exposure to MWI chimney emissions, but a small potential increase in risk of congenital anomalies for children born within ten kilometres of MWIs.

The SAHSU authors acknowledge the increase in risk of congenital anomalies linked to distance from MWIs is the cruder of the two measures and may well be down to not fully adjusting the study for factors such as other sources of pollution around MWIs or deprivation.

. . .

A causal association between the increased risk of congenital anomalies for children born close to MWIs has not been established.

PHE’s risk assessment remains that modern, well run and regulated municipal waste incinerators are not a significant risk to public health. While it is not possible to rule out adverse health effects from these incinerators completely, any potential effect for people living close by is likely to be very small.

. . .

PHE will continue to review its advice in light of new substantial research on the health effects of incinerators published in peer-reviewed journals.

. . ."

Herts CC-Veolia ES (Hoddesdon) CONTRACT TERMINATED

Posted by hertswow on August 29, 2019 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, Veolia ES and Herts. County Council completed the due process of terminating their contract. :)

The payment by the Council to the Contractor was £1,171,084.88. and there are no other payments or other terms outstanding between the parties.

Comments on the current position as we understand it

Posted by hertswow on August 10, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (3)

Theae comments are prompted by points in DA's goodwill message:

  1. HCC and Veolia issued press releases on 8th August 2019 stating that "Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia ES Hertfordshire Limited have agreed to terminate the long term contract to dispose of Hertfordshire’s residual waste. ..."
  2. Despite the heading "County council and Veolia terminate waste contract" (https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/news-archive/county-council-and-veolia-terminate-waste-contract" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here), HCC's Contract with Veolia for processing of residual waste may not yet have been terminated; we have asked HCC to clarify the precise position.
  3. Quotations in press releases are unlikely to provide a precise version of a spokesperson's understanding in any depth.
  4. HertsWOW is aligned with the long-term strategic approach of the Transition Network.
  5. The Secretary of State's refusal of planning permission refers specifically to use of the proposed site at Ratty's Lane, Hoddesdon for a municipal incinerator for residual waste.
  6. That specified a capacity far in excess of Hertfordshire's actual or predicted requirements.
  7. HCC is likely to continue to use incineration and landfill facilities in other counties until 2023 and perhaps beyond.
  8. As we understand the position, no decision has been made nor any firm proposal published for the longer term approach to managing Hertfordshire's residual municipal waste.
  9. As waste collection authorities, the 10 districts & borough councils and HCC (responsible for the Household Waset Recycling Centres, street sweepings etc.) are starting from different positions in terms of how they manage their collected waste and how much of it is sent as residual waste to HCC as the Waste Disposal Authority.
  10. We are urging HCC to involve relevant community groups in a fresh planning process from the outset, within each district.
  11. This time, we are hopeful* that our views will be welcomed and taken seriously.

*See the Officer's Report and Minutes (when available) of the Herts. Waste Partnership meeting on 29th July 2019 for statements conducive to the kind of engagement we are seeking.

Goodwill message from a founder member of HertsWOW

Posted by hertswow on August 10, 2019 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

DA has written today to all who have been involved in contesting the procurement programme that resulted in Veolia's and proposal and contract for Hatfield and then for Hoddesdon:

". . .

Fantastic news - I remember when, back in the 1990s HCC were writing in the local press how an EfW incinerator was such a wonderful thing and we started to counter the propaganda which they were peddling. That eventually led to us founding Herts WoW all those years ago …. what a long long battle it has been! ��. [Our late friend Mick Bee] would have been so pleased.

Thanks so much to everyone for the energy and tireless work that has gone into this. Somewhat galling that the reasons given for the demise of both the New Barnfield and Hoddesden incinerators were not the big ones of pollution, climate change, and the undermining of the waste hierarchy but spurious ones. [A HCC spokesperson's] comments again are disappointing - he clearly does not ‘get it’. Anyway there is now the incentive to do much better. There is a HUGE amount to do though in raising public awareness and incentivising people to do the 3R’s as they are already doing in the best places abroad.

We have to dovetail policies on waste now with the declaration of a Climate Emergency by HCC and many other LA’s in Hertfordshire (tho I see that E Herts has watered theirs down so much as to make it worthless). Extinction Rebellion XR groups in Herts are very much concerned about the waste issue and will be delighted that incineration in Herts is now off the agenda.

Good luck with facilitating the move to a much more enlightened waste strategy!

Very best wishes,

. . ."

MANY THANKS to everyone who has opposed this contract

Posted by hertswow on August 8, 2019 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

MANY THANKS to all of the community groups, individuals and advisers who during tough times put so much time, effort, donations, reduced charges etc. into this ultimately successful campaign.

However our main concern regarding climate changing emissions has not been Herts. CC, which faces prssures to reduce its levels of residual waste, but with Veolia's proposal of a fixed capacity for burning 320,000 tonnes of materials, including recyclables, each year from say 2023 to 2053 and beyond.


This outcome gives encouragement to every community group that is fighting an incinerator proposal in their area.

In changed circumstances over the past 10-11 years, we tlook to Herts County Council to make an urgent trasition to treatment processes at the top of the Waste Hierarchy. The county council already has the means of doing so, via Waste Aware, i.e. the Herts. Waste Partnership, if the district & borough councils will co-operate fully to that end.

Best wishes to all,



Posted by hertswow on August 8, 2019 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Veolia has announced that they will not challenge the SoS's refusal pf planning permission for the application for  Residual Waste Treatment Facility at Hoddesdon, Herts..

In consequence, Herts CC & Veolia have decisded to terminate the contract: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/news-archive/county-council-and-veolia-terminate-waste-contract" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HCC-press-release 8)

We expect that Herts. CC will acknowledge this news on the relevant page of their web site https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/recycling-waste-and-environment/veolias-proposed-energy-from-waste-site-hoddesdon/veolias-proposed-energy-from-waste-site-at-hoddesdon.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

Likewise, Veolia ES may do so on their Herts. web page https://www.veolia.co.uk/hertfordshire/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here or on the News page https://www.veolia.co.uk/hertfordshire/about-us/about-us/news?month_created=All&page=0&sort_by=created&sort_order=DESC&year_created=All" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

'What happens to your recycling in Hertfordshire?

Posted by hertswow on August 2, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

'What happens to your recycling in Hertfordshire, once it is collected?'

Q&A article published by Herts. County Council on 25th July 2019

This is clear, concise and helpful with links to further information, especially in the most recent Annual Report ov the Herts. Waste Partnership (WasteAware)..


Review of Herts CC's Waste Local Plan

Posted by hertswow on July 25, 2019 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Waste Local Plan Review https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/recycling-waste-and-environment/planning-in-hertfordshire/minerals-and-waste-planning/waste-planning/waste-local-plan-review/waste-local-plan-review.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

"We're reviewing the adopted Waste Local Plan 2011–2026. . . . The county council is now working to produce a Draft Plan for Summer 2019. This will be the first time policies which the county council intends to include in the final plan will be published. If any new sites or areas are identified for waste management facilities, this will also be the first time they are published."

BEST NEWS!! - Veolia's Hoddesdon Incinerator has been REFUSED

Posted by hertswow on July 19, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In her Report Jennifer Vyse the Planning Inspector recommended approval but... THE SECRETARY OF STATE, THE RT HON JAMES BROKENSHIRE MP, HAS REFUSED!

Link to follow, when the formal notice appears on the MHCLG web site...

Meanwhile, MANY THANKS to everyone who has contributed to the last 10 years of opposition to Veolia's proposal for Hatfield, then this one for Hoddesdon:

  • the local campaign groups who with their communities did an outstanding job of defending their towns and environs;
  • the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), especially Shlomo and Josh Dowen;
  • our other technical advisers at Eunomia;
  • Gascoyne Estates in the hatfield campaign;
  • the borough/district and parish councils, via their councillors and officers,.
  • the respective Members of Parliament;
  • our colleagues, especially our late friend Mick Bee and Valerie Dorantt;
  • supporters who provided timely signatures, crowd funding and encouragement;
  • and everyone else who has taken part in this long and costly struggle.

Now it's time for Herts County Council to come up with a solution towards the top of the Waste Hierarchy; and along with the district & borough councils, to invest in the Herts. Waste Partnership fully to implement it!

Veolia's right to challenge the decision must be done by making an application to the High Court within 6 weeks from the day after the date of this letter"; i.e. by our reckoning, by Saturday 24th August 2019.

'Stop The Edmonton Incinerator Rebuild' campaign - appeal for funding of legal action

Posted by hertswow on July 13, 2019 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This is about the North London Waste Authority's proposal for rebuilding the Edmonton Waste Incinerator for operation into the 2050s. The local campaign's funding appeal opened at 8am today with a target of £10,000 as the minimum needed to contest the Development Consent Order. Towards that target it has so far gained pledges of £4,235 from 48 supporters. Please forward the link to the appeal page* as appropriate, especially to anyone who lives in any of the boroughs served by the NLWA:

Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington or Waltham Forest

*https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/northlondonincinerator/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/northlondonincinerator/