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June 2001

Incinerator Planning Conditions Relaxed

A second public enquiry on the incinerator took place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th April 2001. Unfortunately the Acting Minister of the Department of Local Government and the Environment has now determined, following the Enquiry Inspector's recommendation, that certain of the planning conditions originally set out in 1998 can be relaxed.
One effect of the changes to the conditions will be that a visible plume may now be emitted from the stack beyond the 15 minute period after a cold start-up. 

Read the Proof of Evidence to the public enquiry submitted by two Isle of Man Friends of the Earth members 
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December 2000

Deadliest Pollutants Banned by UN Accord

An agreement to eliminate the world's most harmful pollutants, known as the "Dirty Dozen", was reached on the 10th December 2000 by more than 120 countries including Britain.

The United Nations Environment Programme Accord will prohibit or heavily restrict the manufacture and use of eight pesticides, two chemicals, plus dioxins and furans (two by-products of combustion).

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The dozen, known as persistent organic pollutants (POPS), have been linked to cancer and birth defects.

Peter Hinchcliffe, Head of the Chemicals and Biotechnology Division at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, said after the talks in Johannesburg: "We've got a convention that binds parties to prohibit the production and use of the Dirty Dozen." Industrialised nations have already banned many of the pollutants, but they are still used in the developing world. "It does not matter where you are in the world, you are still exposed," Dr Hinchcliffe said.

The deal requires rich nations, such as Britain, to pay developing countries to phase out the pollutants, use alternatives and destroy stockpiles. They have been given a five-year deadline to halt the use of the 10 pesticides and chemicals covered by the UN Accord. If they fail, the countries will be required to justify their continued use of them.

Dr Hinchcliffe said that Britain and the other European Union states were particularly pleased at the restrictions on dioxins and furans, some of which are emitted by British chemical plants. "One of the successes for the European Union team was to ensure that we got in the goal of the ultimate elimination of these by-product POPs," he said. Next year British Industry will have to declare the estimated tonnages of dioxins and furans being produced and make proposals to eliminate them.

The agreement, which will be signed in Stockholm in May, had been in doubt. It was feared that differences between the United States, Canada and Japan with Europe could have caused the talks to collapse in a similar way to the global warming convention in The Hague in November 2000. A Greenpeace spokesman said of the deal: "It sends a clear message to industry that they must reform and stop using the world as a dumping ground for their dangerous pollutants".

The dirty dozen

Aldrin: insecticide used to control beetles and termites

Dieldrin: similar to Aldrin

Chlordane: insecticide used to control soil-born pests

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT): insecticide used to kill mosquitoes

Dioxins: by products of chemical and combustion industries

similiar to Dioxins

Endrin: pesticide used to control birds, rats and insects

Hexachlorobenzene (HCB): a fungicide used to protect onion and wheat seed

Heptachlor: wood treatment and insecticide

Mirex: insecticide used against termites, fire ants and mealybugs

Polychlorinatedbiphenyls (PCBs): used in electrical equipment, flame retardants, paints and plastics

Toxaphene: insecticide used to kill ticks on livestock and fruit, cereal and nut pests

Source: The Times, 11th December 2000

Island's Trees Under Attack

Gary Wilson and Mark Hogarth of Island Trees and Landscaping Limited invited David Rose, Head of the Disease Diagnostic and Advisory Service at the UK Forestry Commission's Alice Holt Research Station in Surrey to visit the Island in August 2000. Gary and Mark were concerned about a number of trees apparently affected by Dutch Elm Disease, and additionally were worried that roadside Ash trees appeared to be dying. Whilst the problems had already been brought to the attention of the Forestry Division Island Trees and Landscaping Limited were not satisfied that enough action was being taken and so agreed to cover Mr Rose's expenses for a visit to the Island.

Mr Rose confirmed that a number of Elms in publicly owned woodland at Churchtown Lezayre were definitely suffering from the disease and said that action would have to be taken there to prevent the disease spreading. Symptoms of Dutch Elm Disease include leafless and dying upper branches and brown shriveled leaves lower down.  Robin Pollard, Chief Forestry Officer at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry was asked to comment on why his Division was not making more effort to locate and fell affected trees. He cited problems with funding and also said that he had written to conservation groups on the Island for help but had received virtually no response. It is with regret that Isle of Man Friends of the Earth have to admit that they were one of the group's who failed to respond, but we have now been in touch with the Forestry Division and will be giving them whatever assistance we can.

The problem with the roadside Ash trees was small leaves (or no leaves) on many branches, when the trees would normally have had many healthy years of life left. Initially the problem was thought to be caused by frost damage, by moth larvae, or by fungal infection. Mr Rose's examination led him to conclude that the most likely cause of the damage to the roadside Ash trees was from weedkiller containing glyphosate. Whilst this weedkiller is deactivated on contact with the soil, problems can occur if it comes into contact with exposed roots, if it is used in too high concentrations, is used in such volumes that it saturates the soil, or is used on sandy soil which does not deactivate it. The Department of Transport is now to stop using glyphosate and the Chief Forestry Officer has also asked local authorities to stop using it  pending a more thorough inspection and survey of the trees affected.

May 2000

Zero Waste Mann

Following a visit to the Island by Gerard Gillespie of ACT Waste a new group called Zero Waste Mann dedicated to the principle that nothing should be wasted has been set up.

You can contact Zero Waste Mann by email to Zero Waste Mann. Our own (now renamed) No Waste / Anti-Incinerator campaign continues.

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