A report moderated by J Thompson and HM Anthony
Both the amount of waste and its potential toxicity are increasing. Available landfill sites are being used up, and incineration is being seen increasingly as a solution to the waste problem. This report examines the literature concerning the health effects of incinerators.
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In response to newly published data, there is now an updated edition available:
Surrey County Council
Surrey County Council have published an evaluation of the report by Enviros Consulting Ltd.
You can read the BSEM’s response to this evaluation by clicking on the link below.
Enviros published an updated version of this evaluation.
You can read the BSEM’s response to this updated evaluation below.
Health Protection Agency
The Health Protection Agency have published comments about the report.
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2. Emissions from incinerators and other combustion sources
- 2.1 Particulates
- 2.2 Heavy metals
- 2.3 Nitrogen oxides
- 2.4 Organic pollutants
3. Health effects of pollutants
- 3.1 Particulates
- 3.2 Heavy metals
- 3.3 Nitrogen oxides and ozone
- 3.4 Organic toxicants
- 3.5 Effects on genetic material
- 3.6 Effects on the immune system
- 3.7 Synergistic effects
4. Increased morbidity and mortality near incinerators
- 4.1 Cancer
- 4.2 Birth defects
- 4.3 Ischemic heart disease
- 4.4 Comment
5. Disease incidence and pollution
- 5.1 Cancer
- 5.2 Neurological disease
- 5.3 Mental diseases
- 5.4 Violence and crime
6. High-risk groups
- 6.1The foetus
- 6.2 The breast-fed infant
- 6.3 Children
- 6.4 The chemically sensitive
7. Past mistakes and the precautionary principle
- 7.1 The precautionary principle
- 7.2 Learning from past mistakes
8. Alternative waste technologies
- 8.1 Mechanical biological treatment
- 8.2 Gasification methods
- 8.3 Recycling
9. Other considerations of importance
- 9.1 The costs of incineration
- 9.2 The problem of ash
- 9.3 Radioactivity
- 9.4 Spread of pollutants