[GRRN] Household waste incineration linked to cancer

From: Ted Smith (tsmith@svtc.org)
Date: Thu Sep 14 2000 - 11:16:23 EDT

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    >Household waste incineration linked to cancer
    >ENDS Daily - 13/09/00
    >French scientists have detected elevated cancer rates among
    >people living close to a municipal waste incinerator,
    >sparking new calls for an end to further expansion of waste
    >burning installations. The scientists claim that this is
    >one of the first studies to link incinerator dioxin
    >emissions with health damage in the general population and
    >describe their results as "remarkable".
    >Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the
    >epidemiological study focuses on people living close to
    >Besançon, eastern France. The town's local waste
    >incinerator emitted over 16 nanograms of dioxin per cubic
    >metre (ng/m3) of flue gases in 1997. This is 160-fold
    >higher than a 0.1 ng/m3 legal limit introduced in France in
    >1998, which will apply EU-wide within five years under a
    >directive adopted earlier this year (ENDS Daily 14 July).
    >Dioxin emissions in the region of tens of nanograms per
    >cubic metre are typical of older municipal waste
    >incinerators, some of which used to emit up to several
    >hundred nanograms. Stricter EU controls were introduced in
    >the mid-1990s and some older plants have been shut.
    >Controls are to be further tightened under the new
    >directive, which will cut EU incinerator dioxin emissions
    >from 1,500 grams to just 11 grams per year by 2005,
    >according to the European Commission.
    >Meanwhile, many French incinerators are still emitting far
    >higher levels of dioxins than the national 0.1 ng/m3 limit,
    >says environmental group the National Centre for Independent
    >Information on Waste (Cniid). The organisation publicised
    >the Besançon epidemiological study yesterday, claiming that
    >it showed France's 250 existing incinerators could prove a
    >major public health problem. Cniid says that construction
    >of between 30 and 50 new municipal waste incinerators is
    >currently planned.
    >Follow-up: American Journal of Epidemiology
    >(http://www.jhsph.edu/Publications/JEPI), tel: +1 410 223
    >1600; Cniid (http://www.cniid.org), tel: +33 1 55 78 28 60.
    >See also French environment ministry's data on dioxin
    >emissions from large MSW incinerators
    >This is a message from Elena LYMBERIDI
    >Ecological Product Policy Co-ordinator, EU Policy Unit
    >European Environmental Bureau,
    >Federation of Environmental Citizens Organisations
    >34 Boulevard de Waterloo - 1000 Brussels - Belgium
    >direct phone : + 32 (0)2 289 1302 - fax : + 32 (0)2 289 10 99
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    Ted Smith
    Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
    Campaign for Responsible Technology
    760 N. First Street
    San Jose, CA 95112
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