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Air Quality – signpost to documents

What this document is

Air Quality is addressed in a number of studies. This document summarises those studies and provides links to where you can find further information.

How is air quality addressed?

Air quality is an important issue which is addressed across a number of documents. These documents are summarised here and links are provided for further information.

Flue Gas Treatment Technology Options Report

Emissions are produced as a result of the operation of the proposed Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). The proposed ERF will be equipped with a very high performing emissions cleaning system (known as flue gas treatment) which will reduce emissions to almost negligible levels. This document provides an overview of the different pollutants resulting from the combustion of residual waste and sets out the expected emissions level reductions which may be achieved under different flue gas cleaning technologies.

Preliminary Environmental Information Report Volume 2 Section 2 – Air Quality

The Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) provides an overview of any likely significant effects resulting from the Project; Volume 2 Section 2 addresses the impact on air quality. The assessment covers airborne pollutants such as dust and particulates from construction and operation of the proposed ERF. Traffic emissions and emissions from the proposed ERF chimney stack are also assessed. Other key issues relating to air quality included within the assessment are odour and human health impacts.

Interim Health Impact Assessment

The Interim Health Impact Assessment (HIA) will be submitted as part of the application for a Development Consent Order. The HIA is a specific impact test which cuts across the traditional boundaries of health, public health, social sciences and environmental sciences. The HIA evaluates the health consequences of the Project across a variety of topics including, for example: access to open space and nature, air quality, noise and neighbourhood amenity, accessibility and active travel etc.

Health Impact Literature Review

The potential impact on health arising from emissions to air from Energy Recovery Facilities has been the subject of a number of studies led by respected public bodies and other parties. A significant number of studies have investigated this subject using a variety of spatial / statistical methods. These have been performed at area and individual levels as well as continuous and periodic samplings on various receptors i.e. human blood, soil, vegetation and air. The Health Literature Review is a non-exhaustive review of studies primarily considering the potential health impact from Energy Recovery Facilities on air quality and human health.

WRATE and Carbon Intensity Floor Modelling

A proportion of the energy produced by ERFs is considered renewable owing to the biogenic (produced by living organisms) portion of the waste stream. The remaining proportion contains fossil based carbon and is not considered renewable. Using the Mayor of London’s carbon calculator, an assessment of the ERF performance under the Carbon Intensity Factor (CIF) is being made. A WRATE (Waste and Resource Assessment Tool for the Environment) Assessment is also being undertaken to understand the broader potential environmental impacts in addition to greenhouse gas emissions.

Want to know more?

Flue Gas Treatment Technology Options Report
Preliminary Environmental Information Report Volume 2 Section 2 – Air Quality and Health Risk Assessment (Appendix)
Health Impact Assessment

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