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They oppose a hazardous waste incinerator in Cartagena (01/10/2009)

Burned at the plant to 36,000 tons per year of hazardous waste liquids and solids.

The environmental organization and Alumbres Neighborhood Association have submitted claims to the contrary.

Ecologists in Action and Alumbres Neighborhood Association recently presented arguments to the draft Waste Incineration Plant Valuation Befesa dangerous, SL has requested in the Valley of tailings.

Both organizations warned that the project, authorized, would aggravate the pollution levels in a region already hard hit if the loss of air quality.

With this new project, explains, it "would amount to the cumulative and synergistic effects caused by pollutant emissions from the incineration product classified as hazardous waste"

And it aims Befesa incinerated at the plant to 36,000 tons of hazardous waste liquids and solids.

Among others, will burn contaminated oils, solvents, varnishes, paints, electronic equipment, pesticides and pesticides, medicines, inorganic sludges, etc., Substances known for their danger.

Waste incinerators, and especially hazardous waste, emits hundreds of toxic substances, among which are: particulate heavy metals like mercury, chromium, cadmium, arsenic, lead and beryllium, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chlorinated benzenes , polychlorinated naphthalenes, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), acid gases such as sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and hydrochloric acid and greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

In the incineration process, well-formed new toxic compounds (such as dioxins and furans), PCBs and hexachlorobenzene.

All these compounds are part of the family of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are toxic, persistent and accumulate in fatty tissues, which can pose a serious risk to people if we are exposed to these pollutants and the environment.

The objective of the incineration plant is generating electricity.

However produced, explained from Ecologists in Action "just" 0.18% of regional consumption in exchange for significant risks to health and the environment, which is another example of what the project totally unjustified. "

Both organizations claim that "here is not talked about what treatment is best suited to manage hazardous waste, or what the solution is low impact, but which treatment is more cost effective for the company."

So, he adds, "has opted for a solution by which Befesa get a high price for the sale of electricity produced with the use of waste as fuel (electricity production scheme.)"

Ecologists in Action and Alumbres Residents Association have requested is denied official authorization and approval of the construction plan of the facility.

And demand waiving certain treatment technologies for hazardous waste such as incineration, the serious dangers involved.

As has already been done, for example, the Waste Plan of the Autonomous Community of Aragon.

Source: Ecologistas en Acción

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