Gloucestershire incinerator health claims "unfounded" says chief
CLAIMS that a waste incinerator would affect the health of Gloucestershire residents have been slammed as "unfounded" by the chief of the firm behind the plant.
Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) last month won a deal to build the 25-year waste incinerator which will deal with Gloucestershire's waste. It will be located at Javelin Park, near Haresfield, if it gets planning permission later this year.
UBB's project director Javier Peiro has said some protesters who are against the £500 million scheme are "alarmist".
Mr Peiro, who lives in Gotherington, said: "I'm a local taxpayer, I want what's best for this county and I firmly believe that what we are proposing is right. I want to reassure people who have heard rumours about the health impact of the planned facility.
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"It's a shame that some people have decided to make unfounded claims. I am confident energy from waste poses no threat to their well-being.
"We have been talking openly and honestly with the public throughout the process and will continue to do so. However, some groups still choose to make alarmist comments to suit their own agenda. A large team of professionals have been working on this solution for a number of years, and we know from all the evidence available that the technology is safe, reliable and robust."
UBB also pointed to "strict and highly-regulated operating procedures and controls" which will ensure the facility does not have an adverse impact on human health.
"The facility will incorporate bag filters which are best available technology, and are effective at removing particles from the plant's emissions," said a company spokesman, who added The Health Protection Agency's position is unchanged after a review – "Modern, well-managed incinerators make only a small contribution to local concentrations of air pollutants".
Protest groups such as GlosVAIN, GlosAIN and Friends of the Earth have argued the facility would tower over the surrounding area.
But Mr Peiro said: "UBB's architects have been hard at work on designing a facility that will have the least possible impact on the landscape."