For those of you who didn’t hear Councillor Hoar explaining why he broke an election promise to oppose the incinerator, here is the excerpt from his radio interview. He is challenged by Grace Onions, local resident and campaign member.
Cllr Hoar states that when he said they would oppose an incinerator in Croydon they were referring to ‘1950’s’ style incinerators which is a strange thing to say considering no one was expecting to go back in time and use redundant technology.
He also states that the incinerator isn’t in Croydon, as if that makes any difference when it’s no more than a couple of hundred metres over the border. Let’s not forget their election promise stated they would oppose any incinerator ‘in Croydon or on the border of Sutton’.
Cllr Hoar also goes on to say that the rubbish will be combusted at over 1000 degrees; however, the planning documents confirm the furnace is designed to meet the minimum requirements, which are to burn the rubbish at 850 degrees.
Burning rubbish at 1000 degrees will NOT break down all the chemicals as he suggests. And if they are broken down what does he think they are broken down in to?
In burning something it does not magically disappear as Cllr Hoare seems to suggest. The question we keep asking is: If nothing bad is coming out, why do we need 300 foot chimneys?
Cllr Hoar claims the other parties are playing politics with this issue and yet he is the one who has broken his promises and hides behind political rhetoric. At best he is dangerously ill informed and at worst he is lying.
This is no surprise considering how badly informed all the councils are on this matter. If you listen to the advice given to Croydon council when they voted through the incinerator, they were told that there would be NO particulate matter coming from the chimneys at all.
In admitting traffic pollution is a problem for the borough and that the incinerator will require substantial vehicle movements, they conveniently glossed over the fact that diesel fumes cause cancer.
They also said they were only worried about Nitrogen Dioxide because this was at high levels in the area and that other pollutants were of no concern because they currently weren’t too high!
Croydon council admit that NO2 levels are at 45 μg/m3 annual mean whilst the World Health Organisation recommends it doesn’t exceed 40 μg/m3 annual mean.
They admit that the incinerator will increase these levels of NO2 and yet the council claims there will be no adverse affect to human health.
Who do you believe?