How many life years will be lost?

Mr Nicol, the ‘A’ level Physics teacher within our campaign, has sent us the following:

I have read the Health Impact Assessment again and urge others to read it.

https://www.viridor.co.uk/assets/Uploads/SouthLondonERF/Other_application_docs/Health_Impact_Assessment.pdf

It assumes the filters will work all the time, every time. The reality is when the filters fail and breach safety levels, the contract allows 4 hours of continuous dangerous emissions.

A sentence from page 53 reads:

The calculation of loss of life years through exposure of additional concentrations of PM2.5 from the ERF [incinerator] is approximately 2 hours for each person in the population considered 2,655,000, assuming that the distribution was an even one.

We are often accused of hysterical over claims that people will die as a result of the incinerator; however, the Health Impact Assessment states that there will be a modest impact of an average of 2 hours of life curtailed, when spread over 2.7 million people.  However, this represents almost 700 life years lost, and it is unlikely that this will be spread evenly over a quarter of London – the question to put to the public, is who are going to be the unlucky ones who take more than their fair share of the ‘life years lost’ ?

By Shasha Khan

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