Mor Hafren: Energy Recovery Facility

Received 18 November 2020
From Mr Russell Paul Newton


There is no need for another incinerator in Cardiff. It will increase the level of CO2 emissions and spread its noxious fumes over the deprived area of St. Mellons. This and the particulates expelled will increase the number of St. Mellon's children with breathing difficulties.
Adding to the CO2 level and other pollution will be the number of lorries travelling to and from the site. This increase in traffic will add to the current problems of traffic movement around the major arterial roads of St. Mellons.
The noise and light pollution of a 24/7 incinerator will further blight St. Mellons.
A major concern is that the chimney stack will be very close to an existing wind turbine. This has never occurred before and there doesn't seem to be sufficient modelling by the developers to ensure that the interaction of the wind turbine and the exhaust from the chimney stack would not adversely affect St. Mellons. There are some models from America that suggest that this combination of chimney and wind turbine would dump the pollution closer to the stack rather than dispersing it in the air. This would mean that Eastern High School would be directly in the way of this pollution based on the normal prevailing winds.
In fact, because of the close proximity of the incinerator in Splott, the plumes from there and this incinerator in St. Mellons would merge doubling the pollution levels in St. Mellons.
Add to this the fact that this is going to built on a flood plain right next to an SSI site; so any flooding or other escape of waste could damage this.
Another worry is the fact that there is no sorting of the loads that are to be incinerated. Thus, there could be even more toxic fumes being emitted than the filters can cope with. Also, that will add toxicity to the waste ash which still has to be buried in landfill. So though this incinerator is a small part in the reduction of waste to landfill, it doesn't take it down to zero but is more toxic than the waste it uses. It actually increases the CO2 emissions and increases the health problems in a deprived area. How can this be allowed to go forward, when this company haven't complied with the rules around notifying the people surrounding the site. If it wasn't for the actions by a small group of people, very few St. Mellons residents would have none about the intention to build an incinerator on their doorsteps. Can we really trust that this incinerator will be well run and have no breaches of their discharge consent?