Mor Hafren: Energy Recovery Facility
Received 30 October 2020
From Geraint Atkins
“Cardiff Council currently uses Viridor incinerator and already doesn't have enough to keep it at reasonable capacity, my concerns as a resident is where does Mor Hafren plan to import it's waste from, it doesn't benefit the local communities at all.
There is a solar farm planned to be built for renewable energy already, so why do we need to burn oil and other elements in order to start up an incinerator in order to obtain energy, it's unecessary.
Incinerators burn plastic and so they are reliant upon fossil fuel (this isn't renewable) (as most plastics are made from crude oil). The small amount of energy produced by incinerators is generated inefficiently and comes at a high climate cost.
The amount of fossil CO2 generated per tonne of plastic being incinerated is scary, this doesn't work for the Welsh Governments Policy and Strategy - Clean Air Plan for Wales: Healthy Air, Healthy Wales.
The combined pollution levels with other incinerators currently operating in south wales will have a detrimental impact on the environment.
Willowbrook Primary School, Eastern High School, Rumney Primary School, Greenway Primary, St John Lloyd, Ysgol Pen-Y-Pil, Meadowlane Primary are all within a close radius to the planned incinerator, how can we expect children to live a clean and healthy lifestyle with astronomical pollution surrounding their every day lives.
It will not create local jobs as the majority are specialist roles which are sub-contracted.
The location of the incinerator would be a massive waste of time due to the climate change and water rising levels, it is expected that water levels could rise as high as 6-10metres. https://sealevel.climatecentral.org/uploads/research/Global-Mapping-Choices-Report.pdf this incinerator would essentially be burning itself out of a job anyway.
The plume would be spread further than planned due to the nearby wind turbine.
Increased emissions from trucks and cars being driven down lamby way will cause even more traffic issues.
Taking into account the above, i object to this planning application.”