RUGBY CELEBRATES ITS HERITAGE!
Rugby Observer 17 Sept front page photo showed a beaming Cemex employee, seemingly looking down his nose on the 60,000 residents. As Cemex proudly celebrated Rugby's HERITAGE with a view of Rugby from the nine-year old Rugby Cement HERITAGE pre-heater tower, the rest of Rugby shut its doors and windows to keep out the toxic fumes! The Daventry plastics fire, on 1 October, caused all schools in the area to be closed by the Health Protection Agency, due to the toxic emissions, even as far away as Weedon.
CEMEX CO-INCINERATE 1,000 T WASTE DAILY
The Environment Agency, "consulting" Rugby residents, asks if it is of "great environmental and health benefit to Rugby residents" if Cemex up the WASTE BURN RATE to 720 + tonnes a day of increased toxicity RDF (along with 240 tones of tyres) in the low-temperature combustion chamber, in the HERITAGE TOWER? No details of the potential emissions are given in this GUESSTIMATE application. The previous 15 tph RDF Trial, (started in unlawful equipment 28 Feb 2008), STILL has not been determined. The decision on those "very extended trials due to the test results SHOWING GREAT INCREASES in METAL and DIOXIN emissions, and thus NOT being what they wanted to see " is on hold," while they increase the CHLORINE content of RDF by 150%; Sulphur by 100%; Fluorine, iodine and bromine by 50%, and lead by 50%. How much extra dioxin and lead is good for you, and can be said to be a "health improvement"?
INCREASED PRODUCTION - INCREASED POLLUTION
Access to the requested CHECK MONITORING, pitot, temperature and gas flows has been denied, and is available ONLY (in secret as usual) to the Environment Agency. CEMEX say: "Diagrams showing plant layout, sampling points and gas flows are not required for the determination of CLIMAFUEL as a fuel." The trials, were a year longer than permitted, due to "issues in obtaining adequate RDF supplies which delayed our ability to obtain sufficient trial hours, and because a test result showed exceedence of the metal and dioxin ELV. " SO WHY then do they want to burn increased toxic RDF at over 30 tph - if they cannot get enough lower toxic RDF to burn 15 tph? Inspection of the POLLUTION INVENTORY shows a year on year INCREASE in the recorded emissions - so goodness knows what the true total is? "We had to undertake a retest" - yes because the results of the "odd sampling test" showed very high readings, which Cemex described as spurious. Normally the plant is only SAMPLED twice a year.
HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE can the public have in this whole charade? NONE!! 4,000 + tonnes a day main stack polluted gases, and the emissions are "averaged out over the day". Plant is "shut down" when emission limits are in danger of being breached, and therefore NO EMISSION LIMITS COUNT AT ALL, as in "start-ups" to 200 tonnes an hour raw meal. Nice move! Job done! As for the short-term Ground Level Concentration - who knows? Who cares about our health? And as for the Environment Agency and its H1 assessment for the dispersion of these TOXIC GASES, Cemex says: " the Agency H1 method software tool would give a less accurate assessment which then requires accurate dispersion modelling." They use a DISPERSION FACTOR of 714,286 main stack. And all sorts of other funny figures! Without the gas flow rate no-one knows what the emissions are - so we are denied the information we need. The AGENCY and CEMEX refer only to the "milligrams in each cubic metre" but they REFUSE to advise us HOW MANY cubic meters there are - so how can anyone predict the LEVEL of POLLUTANTS BEING DEPOSITED ON RUGBY RESIDENTS? Much less the health effects!
RUGBY IN PLUME OBJECT!
ASK FOR UK AND EU LAW TO BE IMPLEMENTED!
THE CEMEX CEMENT RUGBY CO-INCINERATOR IS OPERATING WITHOUT A VALID PLANNING PERMISSION, AND VALID PERMIT
AND IS IN BREACH OF THE :
* ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT DIRECTIVE
* IPPC DIRECTIVE
* PUBLIC PARTICIPATION DIRECTIVE
HILARY BENN SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT has been informed, and Rugby Borough Council has called FOUR times for a PUBLIC INQUIRY.
Rugby in Plume have again asked for a PI, but the government seems determined to incur
millions of EURO fines due to the UK's admitted failing to implement the EU LAWS.
INFRINGEMENT proceedings will soon begin and more of our money will be down the drain,
thanks to the NEW LABOUR and BLAIR and BROWN!