By Robert Allen
No-one desires poisonous waste dumped of their again backyard. Dioxins and furans from incinerators, harmful chemical substances leaching from landfill websites and the it sounds as if random dumping of nuclear waste are all transparent threats to our wellbeing and fitness and lives. in reality any waste now not appropriately handled can develop into harmful - but and kingdom appear to collude recklessly in its creation. Robert Allen describes the waste produced in Britain and eire and the woefully insufficient technique of facing it. He seems, too, at governmental intransigence and dishonesty and at industry's refusal to contemplate the desires of. Read more...
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What had been a model campaign with a mixture of initiatives based on the experiences of other anti-toxic campaigns, and on the experience they had gained throughout the year, had begun to fall apart, and then become political. When several Derry City councillors spoke on a platform at a community-organized anti-toxic rally some campaigners wondered what had happened to the non party-political stance. The management in Du Pont knew nothing about the internal squabbles amongst the anti-toxic campaigners.
25 The Radio Foyle interviewer's question about large numbers of new jobs had not been speculative. Unemployment among males in Derry in 1991 was the second highest in the north. Long-term unemployment was increasing. When Jim Swindall, of the Environmental Science and Technology Research Centre in Queens University, Belfast, told Radio Foyle listeners that the incinerator would attract new industry and new jobs, Eamonn Deane, director of the Holywell Trust in Derry, responded with a letter. How was Swindall's centre funded, Deane asked, did it receive funding from the chemical industry and from the Northern Ireland government?
This marketing advantage will be lost if a national incinerator is sited here. The fishing community, too, would suffer a severe economic penalty. 7. Doctors in Germany are advising women to restrict their breast feeding of babies to three months because the levels of dioxin in their milk is dangerous. We must begin to take seriously environmental pollution when a mother cannot feed her children. " The solutions for industry Derry and DuPont 31 and government he outlined in five points: 1. Like the recent decision of the Canadian government, we should commit ourselves to a policy of building no new hazardous waste incinerators.