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Incinerator bottom ash

On 11 May 2012 at 2:20pm Dust bin man wrote:
Has anyone seen the ash train coming through Lewes, it leaves the incinerator in the early hours of Friday morning and travel up to Brentford. The ash is full of dioxins and furans, all highly toxic and the wagons pass through the town uncovered
On 11 May 2012 at 2:30pm Brian wrote:
Yes, I saw that train this morning, you could see clouds of dust coming off it as it went through the station, it woke me up because normally the first train through is not until a bit later, I was looking out of my bedroom window in Friars Walk and wondering what it was. What do you mean by it being toxic?
On 11 May 2012 at 2:36pm Norm wrote:
I heard about this goods train coming through the town, it,s been going on for a while now, they are taking the ashes from the incinerator at Newhaven and there have been studies that show that it is highly toxic mainly with dioxins, if these escape they end up in the food chain because they are being spread on the countryside as the train makes it's journey across Sussex and Surrey. I have seen also the smoke from the incinerator chimneys drifting up towards Lewes, especially earlier this week, the wind was coming straight from that direction and there was a sulphuric type smell.
On 11 May 2012 at 8:10pm SHS wrote:
Best to avoid eating any locally-grown or reared food then. Presumably we can all now have bonfires in our gardens and no-one will complain, great.....
On 12 May 2012 at 11:34am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I wonder how much it would cost to have soil samples analysed? I'd chip in, I think we have a right to know if dioxins etc. are being deposited round our town.
I have a vague recollection that some years ago, people used ash from an incinerator on their allotments and the soil became contaminated with heavy metals as well as dioxins.
On 12 May 2012 at 11:47pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
My car hasn't looked this dusty since the Icelandic volcano. I wonder if it's from the incinerator?

I'm disgusted that we were never given any say in the matter.

On 14 May 2012 at 8:09am John wrote:
I am totally opposed to the incinerator but the reality is that as much pollutant is produced in Lewes on bonfire night as the incinerator should produce in a year!
The 'smoke' from the stack is mostly steam, also the 'bottom ash train' contents should be dampened to diminish the likelihood of dust emissions.
On 15 May 2012 at 3:11am Peasant wrote:
BLACK steam though.
On 15 May 2012 at 9:48am Cliffite wrote:
*cough* buses *cough* cars *cough* lorries *cough* Harveys *cough* Bonfire Night *cough* pollen - plenty of things to pollute the air with already
On 16 May 2012 at 3:56pm Johnny wrote:
"Mostly steam" and what else, and you believe the Urban Myth about fireworks, strange that the EA never bothered to look in to this and that the Incinerator & waste industry push this line so often. Don't believe what you read in the papers or hear on the biased BBC.
On 16 May 2012 at 11:41pm John wrote:
@ Johnny, I think your presumptions are clouding reality. How do fireworks - work chemicals, heavy metals and carbon? How many tons of pallets impregnated with a suite of chemicals - copper, chromium, arsenic and several other heavy metals, along with tons of mdf, chipboard etc are burned on bonfires? Also all of these contain HUGE amounts of carbon, which just by itself is a very serious pollutant.
I never read the popular press. I do have full access to peer reviewed journals which document decades of pollution events. I don't rely on opinion from television. I do delve deeper to inform myself and am simply sharing this knowledge.
As I said in an earlier post I totally resent the Incinerator so I am certainly not a lackey, more effort should be put into reducing, re-using and recycling and we need to look at ourselves to ensure that is the future of waste disposal.

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