No safe level of exposure to tiny particulates, says toxico-pathologist

Toxico-pathologist and nano-particulate expert, Professor Vyvyan Howard, speaking at this mornings Oral Hearing (Day 6) said that “Chronic low dose exposure to ultra fine particles reduces life expectancy” and cited several published studies which show that “filters are not capable of arresting these particles” which “pass through any filtration system undetected” and also warned that statutory limits are not protective. Concerned primarily with very tiny particles (PM0.1) Prof Howard outlined that it is the number of particles, rather than their mass, which is the affecting factor in the damage that they will do and criticised the control mechanism as being weight based rather than number b

China trash incinerator project called off after protests

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in eastern China have halted plans to build a trash incinerator after rowdy street protests by residents and the arrests of four people. The Haiyan county government in Zhejiang province said in a statement Friday that hundreds of residents began to gather illegally Wednesday and blocked roads. The demonstration escalated on Thursday evening when the mob attacked a local government building, smashing objects and causing injuries to police and bystanders, it said. A 19-year-old woman was detained on charges of spreading unverified gory pictures and videos on the Internet showing protesters beaten by police, which were viewed more than 5,000 times. Another person was

This Baltimore 20-year-old just won a huge international award for taking out a giant trash incinera

Fig. 1 Destiny Watford helped rally her Baltimore community of Curtis Bay against construction of a huge incinerator in its midst. The project was planned for the industrial site in the background here. (Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post) Baltimore stands apart as the American big city with the most deaths caused by air pollution, and Curtis Bay is its dirtiest community. Several years ago, the air there stood to get even worse when the state approved a permit for a giant incinerator that would burn 4,000 tons of trash every day and emit up to 1,240 pounds of lead and mercury every year. But destiny intervened. More specifically, a 17-year-old high school senior named Destiny Watford. Ou

Plymouth's incinerator is 'causing the highest pollution levels ever recorded in a housing a

EMISSIONS from Plymouth's giant incinerator are the highest ever recorded in a UK residential area, new data has revealed. Plume Plotter - a site which plots incinerator pollution - has released graphics which show high concentrations of nitrogen oxide near the incinerator in Barne Barton, St Budeaux and Devonport. But the site, developed by a Gloucestershire resident who wanted to get an objective idea about the everyday effects of a local incinerator on air quality, also showed pollution being spread as far away as Cornwall and Dartmoor. Fig. 1 Smoke emerges from the incinerator The founder of Plume Plotter, who has asked not to be named, said these new figures were the highest he had seen

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