Council To Make Environment Agency Correspondence Available To Public

incineratorIslanders will be able to view the correspondence between the Environment Agency and the Council’s Chief Technical Officer, which outline the agency’s concerns over the Moorwell incinerator.

Using a Freedom of Information request, Radio Scilly received around 400 pages of e-mails and letters documenting regular breaches in the safe limits of dioxins and other pollutants from the site, between June 2010 and earlier this year.

During the sample periods, levels of dioxins, which are classified by the World Health Organisation as one of the most toxic chemicals on earth, reached up to 65 times the permitted amounts.

The Environment Agency forced the Council to take action and since consultants SLR have managed the incinerator, levels have returned safe limits.

They found the incinerator was being overfilled and too much plastic was being burnt from un-sorted off-island waste.

Chairman of the General Purposes Committee, Cllr Steve Sims, says the correspondence will be available to view in the Council’s One-Stop Shop. But you won’t be allowed to make any copies.