Incinerator project a major health risk
Rockingham mayor Barry Sammels, with his casting vote, has approved toxic emissions far worse than coal generation to affect the residents of Kwinana and surrounding districts.
When City of Rockingham councillors had a tied vote of five for and five against for the incinerator project, the mayor with the authority to have a casting vote may have made his worst decision yet in supporting this project.
Clearly with votes tied, there was not the support for it.
Apparently the proposal was advertised for public submissions for four weeks in 2017 and accepted in January, 2018.
Where were our councillors in this process?
Definitely not advocating on the residents’ behalf — nothing on the city’s web pages or on councillors’ social media pages.
The Environmental Protection Authority in NSW knocked back the same operator, admitting some differences in what would be accepted to burn.
The incinerator will burn about 330,000 tonnes a year.
Multiply that by at least 30 years of operations, with emissions discharged through the stack.
We know what goes up must come down — so what does come down?
The key air pollutants include: oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, heavy metals, acid gases (including hydrochloric acid and sulfur oxides), particulates, metals, and volatile and semi-volatile organics, formaldehyde and other hazardous air pollutants, including dioxins and furans and other complex organic compounds.
At the council’s December meeting, I heard the mayor respond to a local business operator when he raised concerns as to the negative impact on his businesses from the revitalisation work on the foreshore.
Mr Sammels’ response was: “well who could have foreseen that?”
Councillors who voted for the incinerator project — Crs Sammels, Hamblin, Elliott, Jones and Whitfield — I would hope that you all resign in the wake of your decisions, with this incinerator burning 10 million tonnes of rubbish, dumping toxic pollutants onto residents for at least the next 30 years. Tom Mannion SafetyBay