A decision to build a garbage-to-energy gasification incinerator in western Mecklenburg County is a decision that should not be taken lightly. It needs a full and complete public health and safety impact analysis. And we need it before the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners votes to approve the agreement to burn our garbage for at least the next twenty years.
The UK Health Research group looked at official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and found an increased infant mortality rate and a higher adult date rate in Coventry, England wards downwind of their incinerator versus wards upwind of the incinerator. The authors note:
“For every report that says incinerators are safe, there seems to be a dozen more that question this. One of the most well known and respected is ‘The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators‘, published by the British Society for Ecological Medicine. This examines hundreds of scientific studies from around the world. Collectively, these studies paint a disturbing picture of a multitude of health problems that cannot be simply dismissed.”
“Independent researcher Michael Ryan has found that figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that infant mortality rates (i.e. deaths below one year) in areas upwind of incinerators are significantly lower than in downwind areas. For example areas upwind of Coventry incinerator recorded an average infant mortality rate of 3.2 per 1,000 live births between 2003 and 2005, while in downwind areas the average was 8.2”
“ONS figures show that New Cross ward, which is largely downwind of the Debtford incinerator, has the highest Standardised Mortality Ratio out of all 625 council wards in London with a figure of 161 for 1999-2003. This translates as 61% more deaths than would be expected.”
You can read the summary and report here:
Infant Mortality Rates and Incinerator Location