Concerns have been raised in Parliament that a proposed incinerator in Norfolk may release toxic substances that increase the risk of cancer.

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The fears were voiced by North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham during a House of Commons debate last night.

He argued the incinerator plant would filter out many substances it emitted, but that some smaller particles, such as nitrogen oxide, mercury, lead and dioxins, would escape.

In particular he highlighted a study by the British Society of Ecological Medicine which explored the health affects of waste incinerators.

He said: “They particularly focus on those people, the very young and the very old, who might have a pre-existing respiratory condition.

“And what they say is some of the dioxins, particularly dioxins called [polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons], can actually have an affect on people with pre-exisitng conditions.

“They estimate that the increase in the lung cancer risk goes up by 7.8 times which I find really very high.”

He pointed out that the substances were “bio-accumluative” meaning they did not break down naturally and could build up in ecosystems and in the food chain.

He went on: “What it means is if this if this incinerator was located up wind of King’s Lynn there could be an impact on people’s health.

“We don’t know for sure but I would just suggest that on the precautionary principle alone we would not put it in this location.”

A spokesman from the consortium behind the incinerator, Cory Wheelabrator, said the plan had been “exhaustively evaluated” by the Environment Agency and granted an environment permit.

However after yesterday’s debate Mr Bellingham told the Eastern Daily Press that he planned to write to the agency and raise questions about the suitability of one of the firms in the consortium.

During the debate he highlighted how Wheelabrator had ended up making payments in the Unites States in order to settle allegations that the firm’s facilities had breached environmental regulation.

Mr Bellingham argued that the technology being used in the incinerator was out of date and that other means of recycling waste to be burnt there should be employed.

In particular he highlighted a recent contract signed by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council to send waste to an anaerobic digester, which then turned it into materials usable in the construction industry.

He said: “I believe there are cheaper better and more modern and more exciting alternatives which command public support.”

Responding for the government in the debate planning minister Nick Boles said he could not discuss the case in detail in advance of a planning inquiry into the incinerator proposal due next month.

However, he said: “That public inquiry will give [Mr Bellingham] and the people he represents so capably every opportunity to develop those views, to put their arguments and to have them tested by a planning inspector.

“That is what will inform a decision that the secretary of state will ultimately make. I cannot promise him of course that the decision will be a decision he will welcome.

“But what I can promise him is that the process of arriving at that precision will be thorough, will be open and will give his constituents and him every opportunity to make their case.”

20 comments

  • Has The Palace been consulted ?I stand to be corrected but doesn't Her Majesty breathe the same air as the rest of us commoners?The Palace may not have expressed a view but surely it should have been asked.Prince Philip,whom I hope is well,is not short of opinions and I wonder what he may have to say about the matter.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • acenditcantu can't google, d'west Lynn, he she is in the pay of NCC and will always wail with the top dogs, however mangy. Emma M., you do not have to vote for another political party, No Labour had the same plans and the Lib Dems will put their flag wherever the wind blows from. Lets see some examples of Industry re-using more than 5% of recycled plastics, were is enhanced landfill mining in this country, what legislation regulates the uptake of recycled materials? a big fat zero.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • The final decision by the secretary of state will be after the May County elections. I have been a loyal Tory supporter all my life but unless the incinerator is not rejected before polling day I will vote for another party. Parish Councils were invited to vote on the incinerator, after strong influence from Tory county councilors pushing for the incinerator it was rejected. What part of the word NO does NCC not understand. Like Henry Bellingham says Cory Wheelabrator pay the fines and I for one do not want to be associated with a company that flouts the law.

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    Emma Miller

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Not everyone in the big parties Fenscape, Cllr Alex Kemp - Labour, newly elected for Clenchwarton & Sth Lynn is doing a wonderful job, and she thoroughly deserves to be re-elected. Independents must not be put forward to oppose people like this as it will split the vote and allow a tory termite to get in. The worst Cllrs are towards the east of the county, where apathy and ignorance are the dish of the day - with a few obvious exceptions.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • It is not surprising County Councillors Derrick and Janet Murphy, their close neighbours Richard Rockcliffe and Sheila Hutson now live in a Lib-Dem Borough that was previous staunch Tory. What do this gang of four put on their campaign literature this May? “Sorry I did not listen to you as you are all of little significance but will try harder if you vote us back in power by building an incinerator in Tuesday Market place”.

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    Alan Allan

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Honest John. How dare you take the accolade of having the worst Tory County Councillors! We in the South have our ghastly examples too and the Murphies obviously liked the place so much they decided they would up sticks and come here to poison our wells. It is essential that non Tories who can be successful are voted for wherever they stand. There is very little point in having Independents standing against Lib Dems, Labour and Greens that are already ensconced. Waste of time and effort. Remember the aim is to get non-Tory councillors, not just independent councillors.

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    Electra

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • You don't need to look much further than googling emissions from incinerators. The incinerator built on Dumfries and Galloway was shut down last year because of the high levels of toxic emissions and failed monitoring.

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    d, west lynn

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • He says that the incinerator MAY emit something that causes cancer. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET SOME FACTS INSTEAD OF SPECULATION. I don't trust the authorities to necessarily give the full picture but wild speculation and MAYBES are undermining any case against this incinerator. I note that crematoria have had to upgrade their facilities to prevent the emission of mercury from fillings but I have never heard of a campaign to stop cremations. CAN WE HAVE SOME TRUE FACTS ABOUT THE EMISSIONS.

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    Norfolk Lad

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Looking at Emma Millers post and after reading Henry Bellingham’s full comments at Westminster does not look very promising for Cory Wheelabrator and the Tory Party. While the public inquiry is active the media will be reporting every word NCC and Cory Wheelabrator say. This will cause increased anxiety to residents of west Norfolk as the decision on the incinerator will be made after May elections. Assume May elections residents vote Tory in every seat in west Norfolk will be a mandate for Eric Pickles to say there is a consensus and support the incinerator as his decision will be finalised in July. If residents wipe out substantial Tory seats will prompt Eric to punish voters and support the building of the incinerator. Emma Millers comments make sense. The Tory party will have to make a decision soon to save themselves form oblivion in west Norfolk.

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    Alan Allan

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Looking at Emma Millers post and after reading Henry Bellingham’s full comments at Westminster does not look very promising for Cory Wheelabrator and the Tory Party. While the public inquiry is active the media will be reporting every word NCC and Cory Wheelabrator say. This will cause increased anxiety to residents of west Norfolk as the decision on the incinerator will be made after May elections. Assume May elections residents vote Tory in every seat in west Norfolk will be a mandate for Eric Pickles to say there is a consensus and support the incinerator as his decision will be finalised in July. If residents wipe out substantial Tory seats will prompt Eric to punish voters and support the building of the incinerator. Emma Millers comments make sense. The Tory party will have to make a decision soon to save themselves form oblivion in west Norfolk.

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    Alan Allan

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Has anybody noticed NCC has stage managed Derrick Murphy’s kevingate standards meeting where he is found innocent by his friends and to coincide with the incinerator public inquiry. The inspector would be influenced by their decision and to discredit the anti-incinerator campaign.

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    Choice

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • For me the incinerator debacle has been the symptom of a greater malignancy at County Hall. A change in leadership is no silver bullet, nor is the possibility of a Rainbow Alliance after the May elections. We need a County Council which can see past party politics and listen to the voices of Norfolk's communities. Whatever happens, West Norfolk and the anti-incinerator campaigners should be proud of themselves. Democracy in Norfolk is the better for their actions.

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    Kadmos

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • well said Electra, opposing for oppositions sake is ludicrous and will split the already small vote. Whoever is elected, hopefully with a larger turnout than in the past, will have to realise that their mandate is to serve all, not just the few that bothered to vote.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • I have just listened to the adjournment debate on Parliament Live. Had I been a Conservative member of NCC or a director of Cory Wheelabrator I would have felt pretty ashamed.

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    Nemesis

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Shame the article in the EDP paper today has been watered down re the facts about Cory's numerous fines for misdemeanors in the USA. Re cancer, notwithstanding the impact if it is ever built, I am concerned about the stress, anxiety, and worry afflicting tens of thousands of people in Norfolk currently and throughout the time that NCC have handled this whole debacle so appallingly. These are very real issues for people and there is ample evidence that excessive stress etc takes years off life expectancy, as a contributory factor in many diseases, including cancer.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Think it's time to stop voting for the big parties and go for the Independent candidates... they are the only ones that now seem to have a handle on local grass-roots issues and don't have to answer to any sort of whip.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • I don't think the divide between West Norfolk and County Hall will decrease whatever the outcome of this incinerator. The west has always been neglected, no matter who the Leader has been, Cllr Murphy had a chance to rectify things and push for greater equality between west and east and he failed miserably, just as all those before him. It doesn't matter who is elected in May they will have to serve their electorate a whole lot better than this countywide shower have done and trust isn't earned written on an election pamphlet either.

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    Honest John

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I heard Henry Bellingham refer to a toxic "beast" in his overblown Westminster Speech. Was he referring to the incinerator or a certain County Councillor?

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    Rhombus

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • I don’t suppose anybody has investigated what the impact from road transport, waste incinerators and power stations has on the East of the county. The A17 and A47 corridors have many nasty plants starting at Spalding Power Station, Sutton Bridge Power station, the proposed biomass plant. Kings Lynn, Palm Paper, The proposed Power station Kings Lynn B, Cooper roller bearings, Union Carbide (DOW Chemical’s) Porvair the proposed incinerator. Brick production at Whittlesea, Incinerator at Peterborough. Most of this pollution from this industry will fall at Swaffham Dereham and Norwich 24 hours a day as this is area of prevailing wind. Coal fired Power stations in Yorkshire have been blamed for acid rain killing forests in Northern Europe. This is proof that dioxins will travel hundreds of miles. It may be worth mentioning dispersion modals but this is fine when the wind is blowing or else it drops locally. What goes up must come down. Our county council should be outlawing plants with chimneys and opt for modern cheaper recycling technology.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Henry Bellingham is correct when we all should be concerned over dioxin emissions. Dioxins and furans are some of the most toxic chemicals known to science. It is playing Russian roulette by breathing or eating particles that has landed on farm land or the Wash. Cory Wheelabrator cannot guarantee 100% that no carcinogenic flue ash or toxic bottom ash will escape off site.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Friday, January 18, 2013

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