In­cin­er­a­tor project a ma­jor health risk

Southern Telegraph - - OPINION -

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

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