Readers turn up heat on incinerator boss with online Q&A
THE man in charge of the Plymouth incinerator being built in a decommissioned part of Devonport Dockyard to burn the region's waste has taken to our website to answer your questions about the project.
Paul Carey, the managing director of MVV Environment Devonport Ltd, spent two hours fielding live questions on the energy-from-waste plant.
Topics ranged from the environmental and health impacts, to extra traffic and the benefits to the people of Plymouth.
Geraldine Lane asked Mr Carey: "Will MVV and Plymouth City Council (together with experts from the Health Authority and University of Plymouth) please undertake to set up an Air Quality Forum (as has been agreed for the Peel Incinerator in Cheshire) which will monitor, both before and after the plant goes on stream, a range of atmospheric pollutants in order to offer some sort of reassurance to the residents whose lives have been seriously blighted?"
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Mr Carey said: "As part of the planning consent we signed an agreement with Plymouth City Council called a section 106 agreement. Under this agreement there is a requirement for us to draw up an Air Quality Monitoring Plan for the operational period. This we have done. All monitoring data will be publicly available and put online. The format for on-line reporting will be agreed with the North Yard Community Trust.
"Prior to start of operations, current air quality is being monitored across the City by Plymouth City Council's Public Protection Service department."
Recent breaches of planning conditions on the building project, including excess noise, were also discussed.
Ryan Davey asked about the 'unexpected hardness' of the ground at the site – blamed for excess noise.
Mr Carey said: "Going through the hard material did cause noise levels to increase and on occasions we breached the noise limits, for which we apologise. The main piling activity is now over and we do not expect any repeat of this problem."
The height of the chimney was also discussed, which Mr Carey said "was determined using a complex computer programme approved by the Environment Agency" to ensure any pollutants are properly dispersed.
And Mr Carey was asked how money given by MVV to the council, known as section 106, will be spent.
He said: "The section 106 money paid to the North Yard Community Trust is not limited to a specific geographical area.... there is nothing to stop people from outside the [Keyham/Barne Barton] area applying for funding of projects. The approval of such applications would be made by the Trust; not by MVV."
Mr Carey also said that under the section 106 agreement money has been given to Plymouth City Council to support "Low Carbon Infrastructure" developments.
Mr Carey said: "In all £2 million will be handed over by MVV during the construction period. PCC will use this money as set out in the section 106 agreement, and one of the possible uses is a district heating system in the local area."
Traffic pollution and the number of lorry journeys was raised several times.
Mr Carey said: "This is a complex area, and a long question! The short answer is that the air quality analysis included in the environmental statement, and in the application for the environmental permit, demonstrated that the emissions to air will be well below the allowed limits, and that there will be 'an overall effect of negligible significance'. What does that mean? It means people should not worry."
He added: "There will be an average of 132 lorries per day; in other words 264 separate movements in and out of the site. The exhaust emissions from these vehicles was taken into account in the air quality analysis."
Asked by several people if he would live "in the shadow of the incinerator", Mr Carey simply replied "Yes."
Speaking after the event Mr Carey said: "It was a tiring experience, just me answering questions from a large number of people – but I thought it went well and it was a good opportunity to answer some important questions."
More than 300 people took part in the live event on thisisplymouth.
The full transcript of the debate is available at www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/paulcareyquestions
Questions which Mr Carey did not get to answer, will be answered in the coming days and published on thisisplymouth.co.uk