Islands’ Incinerator Included In National Study On Health Risks

incineratorIt’s emerged that the Moorwell incinerator is being including in a national study looking at the health effects of burning waste on nearby populations.

The islands’ plant is one of 22 facilities in the research, covering the whole of the UK, and being run by Public Health England.

The study started in January 2012 and will look at possible links with low birth weight, still births and infant deaths.

However, the agency maintains that well run and regulated modern municipal waste incinerators are not a significant risk to public health.

They say the study is being carried out to extend the evidence and provide further information to the public on the subject.

Last year, a Freedom of Information request by Radio Scilly showed that the Moorwell incinerator routinely breached emission levels for several dangerous chemicals, including dioxins, over a period of two years.

A spokesman for the Council of the Isles of Scilly said they were not aware of the study and so far they haven’t been asked for any data.

They say it’s possible that data it does have has been collected from other organisations such as the NHS or mainland public health bodies.

Due to the longer-term non-compliance of the incinerator the Council commissioned their own health risk assessment from waste consultants SLR, to assess whether the emissions were harmful to human health.

They say this study, which was shared with Public Health England, showed that there would be no significant risks to health, even with the elevated level of dioxins that have been reported during regular monitoring of the emissions.