466,000 Tonne New Incinerators (x3), for Beveren, Belgium.
many thanks to Mr. Cronin Sean from Cork (Ireland) for the
29th November 2001
Minister for Environment (Flanders) Ms. Vera Dua
Mininstery of Flemish Community, Department of Preventive &
Re: Indaver Environment License – Beveren
With reference to the information in the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) submitted by Indaver
note a release of more than 27.3hg SO2/hr or 234.075kg/year
for two incinerators or 36.309hg SO2/hr for the three
city and left bank has been frequently confronted with peak levels of
pollution affecting health in addition to the currently tolerated
average SO2 air concentrates given hereunder.
to the proceeding figures it follows that the periods with dangerous
peak emissions will be reached sooner and will last for longer periods.
These periodic increases in air pollution due to SO2
peaks are both harmful for the public health and prohibited by law (see
WHO Air Quality Limits).
Indaver had originally applied for 2 incinerators but now a third is added. The above information only applies to two incinerators, so it is even more dangerous for three – as the proceeding figures need to be increased by 33% (as per EIS data).
→ 466,000 capacity
to the increase in air pollution; in the past years there has been a
noticeable increase in respiratory allergies and asthma.
There is a consensus about this in the medical community and
among the Antwerp based allergy specialists.
release of 234 tonne (312.151kg) SO2 each year will mainly
contribute in a disproportionate amount to acid rain due to
formation of Sulphuric Acid.
can only tolerate a moratorium – standstill in air quality for the
common good, i.e. no increase in emissions, no deterioration in air
quality, because Antwerp zone is a protected zone due to Flemish
Governments’ Environmental Policy.
extension of Indaver Incineration Installations with .3 x fluidized bed
incinerators means a major step in the degradation of air quality due to
the benefit of the common health we need a prevention policy.
: We recommend the NOx
Negative : extension of the installation with 3 fluidized bed incinerators
They must install SO2 filters so the SOx emissions will not increase
This recommendation was not followed by the Ministers (no conditions imposed on the planning decision).
NB: The Health Department is astonished that the EIS does not mention, at all, the gigantic emissions from CO2 in the air. These emissions contribute to increasing greenhouse effects; (warming of the atmosphere). There is an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.