SUPPLEMENTARY MEMORANDUM BY THE PUBLIC
INTEREST CONSULTANTS (DSW 56 (A))
Thank you for your e-mail, received today, asking
for copies of the attached information to be sent by post.
We recently made a submission to the Environment
Sub-committee of the House of Commons Select Committee on the
Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs which you kindly acknowledged
on 19 September 2000.
In that submission we referenced the Department
of Environment, Transport and the Regions, Regulatory Environmental
Impact Assessment (REIA) of the Waste Incineration Directive.
The data in that report shows, inter alia, that every 50 tonnes
of NOx emissions are calculated by the DETR consultant to bring
forward one death due to secondary ozone impacts.
We have raised this issue with the Environment
Agency and sought their views on the REIA. After a protracted
correspondence the Agency said that they had taken this up with
the Department of Health. We then asked for copies of all the
correspondence with the DoH but the request was refused.
The attached correspondence includes the justification
from the Environment Agency for their refusal.
We have now asked for confirmation whether the
Agency have advised the office of Mr Meacher that the request
for this health based information has been refused in the light
of his statement to the House of Commons (Hansard. 11 Jan 2000
: Column 133) in relation to health impacts of incineration that:
"we will examine the issue more fully and
we intend, as always on environmental issues, to be transparent
and publish all the evidence"
We thought that this refusal would be of interest
to the members of the Environment Sub-committee and that they
may want to pursue the grounds for the refusal with Mr Meacher
or his officials in the course of the current inquiry. This seems
particularly pertinent as the Human Rights Act 1998 has now come
Furthermore I note that Professor Roy Harrison,
an eminent member of COMEAP and other Government Committees on
air pollution, but currently acting for Hampshire Waste Services,
accepted in his proof of evidenceand, unequivocally, under
cross-examinationat the current Portsmouth Incinerator
inquiry that the incinerator would bring forward deaths and hospitalisations.
We have attached a copy of our letter to the
Environment Agency following up this evidence.
1 Following our evidence to the Committee a correction
was made to the Regulatory Environmental Impact Assessment as
detailed in an Answer to a Parliamentary question on 14 November
2000 at Hansard, column 580W. Back
Not printed. Back