South Wales Echo August 5, 2011
NICE one Rodney! What a great idea considering nominating the city of Cardiff for the European Green Capital Award (Echo, July 24), but wait a minute.It was Rodney's merry band of planners who nodded through the planning consent for the proposed Viridor Incinerator, to be sited dangerously near Cardiff Bay and Splott.
The incinerator will burn 350,000 tons of residual waste, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days each year for the next 25 to 30 years. The plan is to burn the waste from Cardiff and district and to truck in waste from the Vale of Glamorgan, Caerphilly and district, Newport City and from Monmouth and district. This will threaten the health of all the residents and children throughout the city of Cardiff. Oh, and by the way, if Viridor does not get enough waste from us to keep its incinerator working full blast, it will apply to Rodney's merry band of planners, who will duly oblige, and amend the planning restrictions.
Then we could have residual waste from Bristol and Swansea, or residual waste from anywhere rolling or floating into the city, then pop it into the proposed incinerator and zoom it up the chimney and the nano-particulates fly right into our lungs. That's not a very green one, thanks a lot Rodney!The proposed incinerator will give rise to emissions to air, via the chimney/flue stacks, emissions will comprise many gases, healththreatening tiny particles of many dangerous compounds, there would be no limit to the carbon dioxide released. Rodney, this is really bad news for our green city credentials.
Watch out for Prosiect Gwyrdd, the body set up to decide where the South Wales incinerator will be sited, they would love to put it close to Cardiff Bay and Splott, with the help of guess who? Our Rodney.
On second thoughts, Rodney, it might be better to forget this Green Capital thing.
You might get caught up in Trades Description Act.
¦ DAVID PROSSER Rumney, Cardiff