Cornwall’s ‘Twin towers’ : a ‘French’ cash cow in Britain, by Paul Matthews

“The past 150 years have seen a significant increase in the toxicity of both domestic and industrial wastes. The waste stream used to consist mainly of natural products, such as paper, wood and fabrics – neutral wastes which seldom caused problems. But nowadays, many products include high levels of heavy metals and, in addition, synthetic plastics such as PVC, whose disposal has caused enormous health and environmental problems, plus a toxic legacy for future generations”. Dr Vyvyan Howard 2005 [1]

stack_sway St Dennis February 2015

Mauled by a voracious «zombie» economy, we are playing with fire in more ways than one. As if haunted by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, our era is now a byword for physical and moral decay. A logic of asymmetric warfare and a headlong flight from reality pervades many levels of Western civilization, sucked dry by unprecedented political and financial corruption. The following story is inspired by the principle that in the microcosm, one beholds features of the macrocosm. The issue this time : the future of a comely parish in Cornwall by the name of St Dennis (Tredhinas in Cornish) and with a population of just under 3,000 souls.

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In the heart of the Cornish peninsula renowned for its historical and prehistoric charms, a huge incinerator is under construction. On the afternoon of Monday, February 2, 2015 local residents watched amazed as one of the two emission stacks, newly erected, began to sway hypnotically like a willow wand in the wind. A villager’s video, [2] like a suspense film, widely broadcast on mainstream media, shows the incident which lasted several hours. Five days later the two chimneys performed the same act, jiving anew in a pas de deux.

Expected to rise to 120 meters above ground level once operational, the giant one metal phallus was only 100 meters high when it started to teeter dangerously. Although hardened by their fight against this colossus, local residents gave way – momentarily – to some wishful thinking, as if in answer to a prayer, divine intervention or an act of providence was to be seen embodied by the timeless force of gravity which, in accordance with natural justice, was about to topple and triumph over this untimely apparition of technological megalomania.

Of course any faltering symbol of a political and financial tyranny makes a welcome change in more ways than one. Especially as the main reason for this pair of outsize tubes is a complex legal arrangement called a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) [3] comparable to a Ponzi scheme, [4] seeing as the shareholders of banks and big business are thereby permitted to put up bits of surplus infrastructure so as to plunder the public purse. 

Located on moorland between Newquay and St Austell, respectively on the north and south coasts, St Dennis lies at the very centre of a region endowed with major mining deposits of china clay ; along with a series of beautiful natural sites of special scientific interest. The Parish Council and the public have long opposed with an exemplary display of determination the installation of this  “Mass Burn Incinerator” in their midst [5].

From March to May in 2010, I thus attended a public inquiry – my second in Cornwall since 2002. This time the title of my presentation was : “How to avoid another plaster on a wooden leg “[6] Proceedings took place under the aegis of Cornwall Council whose hallmark, typical of other UK unitary authorities, is the recurrent  pattern of financial scandals. Its ‘service provider’ – SITA Cornwall Ltd – is a shell company and subsidiary of GDF Suez Environnement. This sells itself as “France’s leader in the management and the recovery of value from waste”. Here – as elsewhere – the wider public interest is flouted by the dictates of ‘market traders’. [7]

The available public documents prove that this multinational makes a big fuss about providing employment for local people. Notably in Cornwall – where work is seasonal and jobs are scarce. Since April 2013, VINCI Environment UK has been tasked with recruiting the workforce. Today over 50 foreign workers from Poland are employed on site, many living in cars parked in laybys. The steel work is imported from Poland, in Polish vehicles, manned by Polish drivers. Rented machinery like cranes and mechanical road sweepers, come from firms outside the region. While – apparently – even the incinerator furnace is to be imported from Japan.

It transpires that in compliance with their commercial masters council officers drafted a waste contract to milk or fleece – depending on your viewpoint – taxpayers to the tune of over £2.3 million a month. [8] What happens to these revenues remains a mystery. In the cases of Starbucks, Google and Amazon, the income mostly seems to swell the shameless transnationals’ coffers to possibly disappear into private offshore bank accounts.

Numerous intellects have helped mastermind this horror story, where the market ideology now governs all transactions which today pass for the stewardship of humankind’s ever dwindling resources. One of them belongs to someone nicknamed ‘Slippery Lavery’ in New Zealand. Currently Wellington City Council’s CEO, Kevin Lavery is the former Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, previously salaried in a series of ever more senior capacities, by PriceWaterhouse Management Consulting, Newcastle City Council – home to the evil  Byker incinerator – Jarvis plc, BT and SERCO. [9] He has a reputation as a champion of an exercise called outsourcing public services, a euphemism for the privatisation of public sector assets and has been identified as an investor in Liberty one of the United Kingdom’s “most aggressive tax avoidance schemes”.[10]

Let’s consider what the taxpayer – elected “prize sap of the century” – gets for his or her money with the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) [11] and the reason for the 120 meter high chimneys. The village stands near several special areas of conservation (SACs), under EU law, these are natural or semi-natural sites, designated  – by Member States – of great interest because of their outstanding natural value, providing habitat for protected or rare species of European fauna and flora : mammals, butterfles, moths, birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants and – at St Dennis – the endangered rust liverwort – Marsupella profunda.[12]

These organisms – not to mention the human population – would be threatened from the plume of smoke.

To circumvent this obstacle and innovate  in terms of deception, planners create something in accordance with the logic and old mantra of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) : disperse and dilute [13].

The release and atmospheric transport of gases and particulates is the main pathway for identified hazards to reach biological receptors. Exposure to gaseous and nanoparticulate contaminants occur by direct inhalation. Other phases of contamination occur via indirect pathways following deposition to soil ; these pathways include uptake and ingestion of soil, soil-derived dust. Pollutants thus enter the food-chain – via home-grown or farm produce, crops and feedstuffs for ruminants or poultry contaminating animal products :  meat, eggs, dairyfoods.

Fire’s mythical cleansing properties

“It is a popular misconception that the weight and volume of the raw waste are reduced during incineration. It is often quoted that the volume of waste is reduced by about 90% during incineration. Even if only the residual ashes are considered, however,  the actual figure is closer to 45%. The weight of waste is supposedly reduced to about one third during incineration. However this once again refers only to ashes and ignores other incineration emissions in the form of gases, which result in an increased output in weight. In sum, if the mass of all the outputs from an incinerator, including the gaseous outputs, are added together, then the output will exceed the waste input” Incineration and Human Health – Greenpeace Laboratories University of Exeter 2001 [14].

The above extract from a twenty-first century report would have made sense to Antoine Laurent Lavoisier

(1743-1794). One of the founding fathers of modern chemistry, he correctly identified the composition of

water, established the law of the conservation of mass, demonstrated the indestructibility of matter and was

the first to explain satisfactorily combustion in terms of oxidation. One example being the production of the

greenhouse gas,  carbon dioxide, when carbon is ignited : C+O2 = CO2 . He would turn in his grave were he to witness the allegedly economic and scientific arguments advanced to justify what was at one time called “thermal” treatment then, just as euphemistically, “Energy from Waste EfW” or “Waste to Energy WtE”.

This technique was employed to process commercially an estimated 17% of municipal waste in Europe in 2004. Since then, the 2000 Waste Incineration Directive (WID), recast within the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) in December 2010 – transposed into national law in January 2013 – and the 1999 Landfill Directive have fed the scaremongering to promote incineration as a priority and exploiting the judiciary to stymie the grassroots zero waste initiatives. Thus out of thirty-three waste management projects financed by the European Investment Bank  (EIB) between 2000 and 2006, twenty-two included an incinerator [15].

Lobbyists, lawmakers, banks, civil servants, the waste industry work hand in glove to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. A case study in confidence tricks. Gaining ‘public acceptance’ for the suicidal policy requires subterfuge and highly paid PR consultants as incinerators are as ‘problematical’ [16] as the landfills they are supposed to replace. Contrary to government and waste industry spin, pollution abatement systems are not reliable even when properly applied and enforced, which is seldom the case. Not only do they regularly break down with disastrous results. They are also unable to remove nanoparticulate pollutants from the emissions.

Such ‘technological prowess’ does not exist. So «health norms» are simply «adapted» to the capabilities of the ‘fashionable technology’. As the saying goes : when unable to cure the fever, the sovereign remedy in politics is to smash the thermometer and resort to mystification. It happens in every field where the risk/benefit ratio is revealed as detrimental to environmental health and to the wider public interest. Self regulation in other words is just what the doctor ordered for today’s least scrupulous industrial operators in the waste sector.

The mirage of free trade – state welfare for the mega-rich – disempowerment of the poor

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” Reality based community – Karl Rove 2004 [17].

Waste incinerators are only being built because a climate of opinion has been engineered to make them seem  acceptable. [14] Similarly while the sales pitch in the media is one of Democracy, the truth on the ground is that of a human community subservient to dictates of the “Too big to fail” global players  and of a political ethos of anything goes, manufactured by dishonest journalism, sponsored by a corrupt financial services industry.

According to Hervé Falciani, whistleblower in the SwissLeaks affair, the fiscal escapades of the HSBC group are but the tip of the iceberg. As the political class and the mass-media serve the private interest conglomerates, their leaders – as paragons of the civic virtues we all know them to be – must extract their “pound of flesh” regardless of the consequences. However, like the tragic and pathetic character of Shylock in the Merchant of Venice, their megalomania simply mirrors the mafia environment which engenders and nurtures them.

Without a thought for the morrow, partisans of the consumer society are today living at the expense of their offspring. This is the toxic legacy of which Dr Vyvyan Howard speaks – the endocrine disruptive, persistent and bio-accumulative residues building up over time in sophisticated organisms like our bodies, with mothers relieving their own body burden by passing them on to their babies, both via the womb and in breast milk.

The fable of Eldorado, the conquest of the West,  the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the jackpot on every street corner, in short the American Dream, weren’t born with Edward Bernays (1891-1995). [18] He first saw light of day in Vienna, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire and died at the ripe old age of 104 in  Cambridge, Massachusetts in the bosom of the Anglo-Zionist empire. Yet as the father of the public relations industry – an institutionalised political propaganda machine – he instigated our abominable world where policy makers and high finance are in bed together, as meanings and language twist themselves into jargon to disguise serious organised crime.Thus the ill-famed «Mass Burn Incinerator» becomes miraculously a resplendent piece of state-of-the-art «heat treatment with energy recovery». Add to this the industrial philosophy of planned obsolescence, which is the  lietmotiv for every Méga Projet Inutile, such disproportionate pieces of architecture will be replaced in thirty years time with ever more gigantic «cash cows» as expensive as they are lethal.

“There is no such thing as society” or “There is no alternative” were catchphrases from conservatism’s blue sky thinking which enabled Margaret Thatcher and her ideological mentors, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, to leave a purportedly indelible mark on the social psyche. Yet as Groucho’s famously remarked with his one-liner during the memorable 1940’s romp the Marx Brothers Go West : “Time wounds all heels”.

There is an alternative to the existential threat to society posed by Madame TINA and her gang. The secret is to stop buying into their fool’s bargain, by renouncing money worship and consumerism’s pact with the devil.

As the Greek nation and others can attest capitalist fetishism demands austerity and human sacrifice. [19]  Out of respect for future generations, let’s just rather say that «Cannibalism is not an option».

Paul Matthews
Poet & Writer

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

Notes

“If Britain were to go the way of one Arab nation (in particular), the majority of its so-called «honourable parliamentarians» would have their right hand cut off for stealing from the taxpayer”. Toxcats Ralph Anthony Ryder May-June 2011. [20]

Francisco_de_Goya,_Saturno_devorando_a_su_hijo_(1819-1823)

[1] Incineration health risk ‘unacceptable’ By Dr Vyvyan Howard Head of Research, Developmental

Toxico-Pathology Research Group  31 March 2005
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/if/4375003.stm.

[2] St Dennis vidéo
http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/story/2015-02-03/newly-built-st-dennis-chimney-swings-in-the-wind/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11387770/Watch-300ft-industrial-chimney-sways-dangerously-in-Cornwall.html.

On Saturday 7th. February 2015 both of the twin incinerator stacks started swaying whilst a workman is at the top of one stack. The inset view is an enlargement of the top of the stacks in the main view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92RCjN4pAZU.

[3] A system of intitutionalised public debt and insolvency, PFI is the British application of the principle of public-private partnership (PPP). between local authorities and private operators to subsidize large infrastructure projects and public services on credit. PFI was launched in Britain in 1992 by John Major, two years after the departure from government of Margaret Thatcher and five years before the rise to power of Tony Blair. From 1997 onwards his “New Labour” apparatchiks strongly developed this management style, notably in hospitals and educational institutions, then across the public sector to the Royal Navy. As with any scam, the British PFI – which inspired other countries – drafts contracts which are contrary to the wider public interest. Secret ‘confidentiality clauses’ render public oversight impossible and the consequences are particularly negative from the point of view – healthwise and financially – of the average taxpaying citizen and user of the services and infrastructure. Since the royalties-rents are notoriously onerous over time. Obviously such a formula appeals to high finance sharks and is supported by international organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD and the European Investment Bank (EIB). Imitators of the English and model students at la pensée unique school introduced by Thatcherism and continued by Tony Blair, the French created by an ordinance dated of 17 June 2004 their own PPP partnership agreements, demming them to be a particularly successful form of «concessionary politics»..

Cf. Société d’économie mixte à opération unique
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Société_d’économie_mixte.

Cf. Public Private Partnership
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public%E2%80%93private_partnershp

La SEM à opération unique : innovation juridique ou gadget opérationnel ? 09/09/2014

http://www.juritravail.com/Actualite/creer-une-sarl/Id/151571

[4] Système de Ponzi http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Système_de_Ponzi

[5] Cornwall Waste Forum – St.Dennis Branch St Dennis Anti Incinerator Group http://www.st-ig.co.uk/index.html.

[6] How to avoid another plaster on a wooden leg – Public Inquiry Testmony Exhibition Hall Kingsley Village Penhale Fraddon March-April-May 2010 Town and Country Planning Act 1990  http://www.st-ig.co.uk/proofs/paul_matthews.html

[7] Cornwall’s mega-incinerator hits the buffers What happens when a Council refuses to draw up plan B ?
http://prosiectgwyrdd.blogspot.fr/2011/10/cornwalls-mega-incinerator-hits-buffers.html, Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

22 May 2011 Appeal decision is more like a SITA press release, than a balanced judgement from a Planning Inquiry

http://mebyonkernow.blogspot.fr/2011/05/appeal-reads-more-like-sita-press.html.

Legal challenge to St Dennis incinerator decision 1 July 2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-13993134

St Dennis Incinerator granted planning permission from Court of Appeal By Jo Wood  |  Posted: March 29, 2012

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/St-Dennis-Incinerator-granted-planning-permission/story-15657657-detail/story.html

Whitehall can empower counties like Cornwall Kevin Lavery 15 October 2012

http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2012/oct/15/whitehall-empower-cornwall-shire-counties.

SITA re-signs Cornwall incinerator and waste contract 11 April 2013 | By Corin Williams

http://www.mrw.co.uk/news/cornwall-incinerator-alternatives-rejected/8641287.article

Vinci scoops £141m Cornish incinerator build 30th April 2013

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2013/04/30/vinci-scoops-141m-cornish-incinerator-build/.

UK: Progress on Cornish EfW plant 22 July 2014

http://www.endswasteandbioenergy.com/article/1304899/uk-progress-cornish-efw-plant.

UK: Yokogawa wins Cornwall EfW plant contract 8 October 2014

http://www.endswasteandbioenergy.com/article/1316345/uk-yokogawa-wins-cornwall-efw-plant-contract.

Waste Management Cornwall Council 28 January 2015

http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/waste-management/.

Serco Solutions nabs BT exec public sector focus 7 Jul 2006

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/07/serco_solutions_new_boss/.

Results tagged “Kevin Lavery” 2013 rings hollow as ideological maw swallows Barnet and Cornwall January 3, 2013

http://www.computerweekly.com/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?blog_id=102&tag=Kevin%20Lavery&limit=20

Wellington City Council Debt – Slippery Lavery 31 July 2014

http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2014/07/wellington-city-council-debt-slippery.html

Former Cornwall Council chief exec Kevin Lavery ‘invested in huge tax avoidance scheme’ July 15, 2015
http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Cornwall-Council-chief-exec-Kevin-Lavery-invested/story-21464885-detail/story.html

Slippery Lavery and the $300 Million WCC Slush Fund February 16, 2015

http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.fr/2015/02/slippery-lavery-and-300-million-wcc.html

WCC: Keith Johnson: Slippery Kevin Lavery (& Mexicans with Cellphones?) By Strathmore Park on February 18, 2015

http://strathmorepark.org/2015/02/18/wcc-keith-johnson-slippery-kevin-lavery-mexicans-with-cellphones/.

[8]  24 August 2011 Questions & Answers re CERC & DRPP – Cornwall Council

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/3632398/5-Questions-Answers-for-CC-webpage-23112.pdf.

Cf. pages 5-6 UPDATE OF THE REFERENCE DOCUMENT 2012  11 April 2013 SITA UK, SUBSIDIARY OF SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, AGREES PFI CONTRACT VARIATION WITH CORNWALL COUNCIL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

http://www.suez-environnement.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Update-2012-Reference-Document.pdf.  Source :

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT COMPANY A French société anonyme with a share capital of €2,040,935,316 Registered office: Tour CB21, 16 place de l’Iris, 92040 Paris La Défense Cedex Nanterre Trade and Company Registry Number : 433 466 570

[9] ”Serco Group plc is an English outsourcing company based in Hook, Hampshire. It operates in the fields of private transport and traffic control, aviation, military weapons, healthcare, detention centres, prisons and schools on behalf of its customers. There has been a history of problems, failures, fatal errors and overcharging …”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serco_Group).

[10]“The former chief executive of Cornwall Council has been named as an investor in one of Britain’s biggest tax avoidance schemes. Kevin Lavery, who was seen as a champion of outsourcing services to the private sector, is reported to have put £1.2 million into the Liberty scheme, according to the Times newspaper. Before leaving Cornwall Council last year to take up a job leading Wellington City Council in New Zealand, Mr Lavery was earning pay and benefits amounting to £245,000 […] The Times has called Liberty one of Britain’s “most aggressive tax avoidance schemes” which has sought to shelter a total of £1.2 billion’.15 July 2014 http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Cornwall-Council-chief-executive-named-investor/story-21464839-detail/story.html.

[11] Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre Non-technical summary Planning Application  Terence O’Rourke Sita Cornwall Ltd

March 2008 http://www.sitacornwall.co.uk/managing-your-waste/energy-from-waste/Non-tech-summary.pdf.

Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) : a grandiloquent term for industrial sleight of hand ie if one adopts the classic risk/benefit ratio approach to technology assessment. Once third party waste and electricity bills are taken into account, the thirty year waste contract is valued as earning for the franchise holder – GDF Suez Environment – the princely sum in total project revenues of 1.1 billion pounds sterling (€1.6 million) over the life of the project.. The initial forecast of installation costs of £ 117 million are reported to have ballooned to anything up to £150 million. The CERC is expected to consume approximately 50, 000 mof water per year from the local water mains. With a cruising speed of 240,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) the monster simply turns a resource into problems.

The value of energy generated as heat and electricity from this type of ‘residual waste plant’ is negligible, compared to the impact on human health and damage to eco-systems from the deliberate and/or fugitive release of health hazards, the costs of which are  ‘externalised onto the wider community’. Too numerous to list, the environmental pollutants include immeasurable quantities of CO2 (carbon dioxide), plus N2O (nitrous oxide), NOx (other oxides of nitrogen) NH3 (ammonia) and organic carbon measured as total carbon. CH4 (methane), sulfur oxides, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen chloride or hydrochloric acid. In the form of respirable nanoparticles., this cocktail also comprises volatile organic compounds (VOC), dioxins, furans, dioxin precursors (PCB), PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and a vast array of heavy metals : antimony,  arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead , manganese, mercury, nickel, thallium, vanadium. Such poisons cause or are linked to neurological, respiratory, renal, immune, reproductive, cogitive, carcinogenic disorders etc. Residual gases and fumes containing nitrogen oxides are responsible for acid rain.

Industrial solutions, as opposed to policies of prevention are “off-the-peg” responses which we know produce more concerns than they solve. For example, the environmental fate – via landfilling – of hazardous fly ash. Or the ‘flytipping’ of toxic incinerator bottom ash (IBA) and unburnt residues ‘recycled’ illegally under roadworks and on building sites, with the leachates compromising surface and groundwater. Another pernicious aspect of this odious mascacade is the poisoning of both minds and bodies, young and old alike. Examples of greenwashing are legion. Like when in 2009, McDonald’s (fast food restaurants serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets) in Europe changed the colour of their logos from yellow and red to yellow and green ; a spokesman for the company explaining the change was “to clarify [their] responsibility for the preservation of natural resources”. (!) Similarily the Energy from Waste incinerator scam dissimulates a huge and criminal waste of energy and non-renewable raw materials and the daily contamination of air, water, soil, food chain incompatible with any real quality of life (Cf. Greenpeace report infra).

While the sponsors of Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg incinerator proved adept at the task of burning their way through the city’s finances – driven to the brink of bankruptcy – trashing the planet is clearly a multi-billion dollar business. On the other hand, grassroots zero waste initiatives are forever hobbled by abject media coverage and a refusal by governments to introduce fiscal incentives to prevent waste and improve recycling rates. Yet, once a level playing field is established and good will, rather than bad faith, is allowed to enter the equation, then zero waste schemes can work wonders. In 2002 the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment launched a goal of zero waste. This led to the City’s ambitious 2009 Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance.

By 2010 San Francisco had reached a record-breaking 80% diversion rate, the highest in any North American population centre. Switzerland is another example. Success stories of this ilk can be found in any of the conferences by pioneers and veterans like Paul Connett and Bill Sheehan from the USA, Robin Murray (Greenpeace UK) and Ralph Ryder (Communities Against Toxics) and, in France : Maurice Sarazin, André Picot, Claude Lesné and Dany Dietmann – mayor of the commune of Manspach (population 556) in Alsace. More details here : The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA): A Chronology http://zwia.org/aboutus/zwia-history/.

Manspach in the Communauté de communes de la Porte d’Alsace and its mayor are prime movers of an innovative system of selective kerbside collection and recycling for household discards. With the ‘pesée embarqué’ method, municipal bins are fitted with microchips to register the weight of the contents on board the road vehicles. Testimony : http://www.terre.tv/fr/875_danny-dietmann-vous-parle.

Paul Connett http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Connett et http://www.americanhealthstudies.org/connett.bio.html.

A Beginner’s Guide to Incinerator Emissions and some of the known impacts on human health

Ralph Ryder 6 February 2004
http://www.gainscotland.org.uk/beginners_guide_to_incinerator_emissions.pdf.

Ralph Ryder and Communities Against Toxics (CATs) May 15, 2011

http://ukwin.org.uk/2011/05/15/ralph-ryder-and-communities-against-toxics-cats/.

Zero Waste Robin Murray March 2011
http://www.zerowasteeurope.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/zero-waste-by-robin-murray.pdf.

“If Britain were to go the way of one Arab nation, the majority of its so-called ‘honourable parliamentarians’ would have their right hand cut off for stealing from the taxpayer”. Ralph Ryder June 2011 http://www.gainscotland.org.uk/ToxCat-vol-9-no3.pdf.

Le traitement écologique des déchets Maurice Sarazin http://www.lappel.net/pages/doc_tech/traitecolo.htm et http://www.lappel.net/

Dioxines principaux effets toxiques chez l’Homme – Claude Lesné CNRS et André Picot Départment de santé publique, Faculté de médicine, université de Rennes 1, 2005
http://www.atctoxicologie.fr/actualites/dioxines-principaux-effets-toxiques-chez-lhomme.

André Picot balance tout (sur les gaz de schistes) Publié le 5 mai 2011 http://fabrice-nicolino.com/index.php/?p=1126

Les effets sur la santé du sulfure de dihydrogène (H2S)  André Picot et Claude Lesné

Décembre 2011 http://www.atctoxicologie.fr/files/dossier_2_h2s_0.pdf.

[12] Rare plant could still stop plans Campaigners say the air pollution from the incinerator could threaten

the endangered Marsupella profunda, known as western rustwort. April 04, 2012

http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Rare-plant-stop-plans/story-15714118-detail/story.html.

St Dennis Parish Council Planning Application No. 08/00203/WAS http://stdennisparishcouncil.org/SDPCresponsejan09.pdf.

Goss and Tregoss Moors Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) with Breney Common http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goss_Moor.

[13] Created by the Environment Act 1995 and coming into existence on April Fool’s Day1996, the Environment Agency was given the responsibility for the whole of England and Wales (until 2013) but with specifically designated border arrangements with Scotland covering the catchment of the River Tweed. It took over the rôles and responsibilities of the National Rivers Authority (NRA), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) and the waste regulation authorities in England and Wales (until 2013) and including the London Waste Regulation Authority (LWRA). All of the predecessor bodies were disbanded and the local authorities relinquished their waste regulatory role. At the same time, the Agency took responsibility for issuing flood warnings to the public, a rôle previously held by the police. Sources : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkali_Act_1863 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environment_Agency.

[14] Incineration and Human Health : State of Knowledge of the Impacts of Waste Incinerators on Human Health by Michelle Allsopp, Pat Costner and Paul Johnston Greenpeace Research Laboratories, University of Exeter, UK. 84 pages -1 march 2001

ISBN : 90-73361-69-9
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/reports/incineration-and-human-health/.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/planet-2/report/2001/2/incineration-and-human-health.pdf.

[15] Fuelling the Fire : European Investment Bank financing for the incineration industry

June 2008  http://bankwatch.org/documents/fuelling_the_fire.pdf.

[16] “… From time to time, news items relate the fact that criminals have contaminated consumer produce with rat poison or ground glass and demand a ransom to stop their exactions. It would never be possible to know with certainty the names of the victims of such acts. But can it be argued that this is sufficient to stop the poisoner being prosecuted ? At this stage of proceedings it would be fun – so to speak – to update the criteria linking “traditional” murder and “chemical” murder. To wit the attempts to conceal evidence, with the golden rule being “the bigger the lie, the easier people can be duped”. (Cf. Josef Goebbels). Any “best of” series would surely include a report from France’s Academy of Sciences which declares that “humankind appears much less sensitive [to dioxin] that most of the animal species studied” … Considering that France instituted an  Acceptable Daily Intake that is 100 times more lax than the ADI in the USA, one is tempted to add that “the French appear much less sensitive than your average American wimp”. Furthermore, this report considers that “it is highly desirable to avoid overly restrictive regulations [for dioxins] which would hinder a policy pursuing the reasonable development of incineration […]”. In effect, behind the “Academy of Sciences” façade lie the actual perpetrators of these pearls of wisdom, namely Monsieur Chambolle (Suez), Monsieur Millischer (Atochem), Monsieur Aubrun (Rhône-Poulenc) etc. …” March 10, 2004. Source : CNIID – Dioxin chemical http://www.sante-habitat.be/IMG/pdf/fum_comb_cnidd-dioxines.pdf.

This text is signed Pierre-Emmanuel Neurohr, founder and first director of CNIID (National Centre for Independent Information on Waste) which has recently become Zero Waste France. As he says the brochure referred to above (Cf. Dioxin and its analogues, CADAS. – Applications of the Academy of Sciences Committee VII-1994 117 pp) exonerates dioxin from almost every problem that it creates ! In addition, one of the most prominent members of the working group led by Thierry Chambolle (Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux) was André Picot. It is to the eternal credit of this toxicological chemist that he refused – in a gesture of insubordination without precedent – to allow his name to appears in the findings of the study. Especially as the evidence provided by this man – then a CNRS Research Director and considered one of the best specialists of dioxin in France – had been deliberately ignored.

La France rassemble 1/3 du parc européen d’incinérateurs de déchets 06 juin 2012

http://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/la-france-rassemble-1-3-du-parc-europeen-d-incinerateurs-de-dechets.N175980.

(The story of) Denmark’s transition from incineration to Zero Waste 27 January 2014

http://www.zerowasteeurope.eu/2014/01/the-story-of-denmarks-transition-from-incineration-to-zero-waste/.

[17] Reality-based community http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality-based_community.

[18] http://freedocumentaries.org/documentary/bbc-the-century-of-the-self-the-engineering-of-consent-season-1-episode-2. The Century of the Self is a four part, 2002 British,  documentary series by Adam Curtis. It assesses how the work of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influence the way corporations and governments have analyzed, dealt with, and controlled people :

  1. Happiness Machines” (17 March 2002)
  2. “The Engineering of Consent” (24 March 2002)
  3. “There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed” (31 March 2002)
  4. “Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering” (7 April 2002)

Cf. also : The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of PR book review by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton. [En anglais] Bernard Stiegler. Conférence sur l’avenir de la croissance prononcée le 17 novembre 2009. Bernays y est associé à Henry Ford comme l’un des pères du consumérisme américain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bernays.

[19] «Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert warn Greece to beware bureaucrats and bankers bearing bailouts. In the second half, Max continues with the second part of his interview with Kerry-Anne Mendoza about her new best selling book : Austerity : The demolition of the welfare state and the rise of the zombie economy». http://rt.com/news/230839-greece-minister-germany-eu/

07/02/2015 Keiser Report video also availabke here : http://rt.com/shows/keiser-report/230027-episode-716-max-keiser/.

[20] Toxcat May/June 2011 £2.50 Vol 9 No 3 http://www.gainscotland.org.uk/ToxCat-vol-9-no3.pdf.

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I dedicate this paper to staunch friends, work colleagues and seasoned campaigners : Ralph Anthony Ryder of CATs, Ellesmere Port, Paul Connett of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and, last but not least, to Ken Rickard, Brian Arthur, Elizabeth Hawken, Pat Blanchard, Charmian Larke, Rod Toms, Oliver Baines, Roy Greenslade and others on the doughty team at the Cornwall Waste Forum Saint Dennis Branch (CWFSDB) .http://www.st-ig.co.uk/photographs_13.html.

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3 thoughts on “Cornwall’s ‘Twin towers’ : a ‘French’ cash cow in Britain, by Paul Matthews”

  1. Ref Cornwall/Paul article. thanks Paul,excellent piece,should be read by all and illustrating the elite/money and their absolute dismissal of the human condition in favour of wealth.

    1. Thanks Chris … Grew a few more grey hairs writing this piece, but the price was worth paying. Just in case you have any contacts in France, Belgium, Quebec etc., a French version of this article exists here : http://lesakerfrancophone.fr/tours-jumelles-en-cornouailles/.

      PS Just watched star buffon of the BBC , John Simson make a complete arse of himself. The perfect foil to Vladimir Putin !

      There must be an English version somewhere … This one is dubbed in French :
      Poutine réfute les accusations de l’Occident conférence de presse, Moscou
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-2SNRkym9Q

      Published on 16 Apr 2015 Monsieur le président, (John Simson, de la BBC) les pays occidentaux disent presque unanimement qu’il y a une nouvelle guerre froide et ils pensent que c’est vous qui avez décidé de la recommencer. Presque tous les jours on voit des avions russes procéder à des manœuvres dangereuses près de l’espace occidental. Cela se fait sous votre commandement, c’est vous qui décidez ça en tant que commandant suprême. Vous envoyez les troupes russes sur le territoire d’un pays souverain l’Ukraine, d’abord il y a eu le cas de la Crimée, ensuite de la partie orientale de l’Ukraine. Maintenant vous avez un certain problème avec le cours du rouble, vous allez avoir besoin de l’aide, de la compréhension et du soutien d’autres pays et notamment des pays occidentaux. Est-ce que vous allez profiter de cette occasion pour dire à l’occident, si je puis me permettre de poser cette question, que vous ne souhaitez pas une nouvelle guerre froide et que vous allez maintenant faire tout votre possible pour résoudre le problème en Ukraine ? Merci

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