Press Release from the Breathe Clean Air Group
“Trafford Labour Group’s positive proposal for achieving improved air quality in the borough has been cynically watered down by the Conservative Council’s amendments,” said Peter Kilvert, Chairman of the Breathe Clean Air Group.
The proposal put to the Council meeting on Wednesday 18th October aimed to tackle all forms of air pollution, but the Council has deliberately changed this positive move by only focussing on roadside nitrogen dioxide. They also added a further amendment delaying clean air until 2050. “This delay of over 30 years and the focus on road traffic pollution only, means that the Council is welcoming Peel’s dirty biomass plant, air pollution from coal bed methane fracking and possibly many more dirty processes in the planning pipeline,” added Mr Kilvert.
Air Pollution from burning wood is already causing concern in Trafford as wood-burning domestic stoves proliferate. It is impossible to filter out the tiny particulate matter produce by these devices. It not only affects the health of the owners of the stoves, but their neighbours too. In California only this month, the Governor has signed a Senate Bill which establishes a Wood Smoke Reduction Program supporting the replacement of wood stoves for clean alternatives. The US Environment Protection Agency says one wood-burning stove emits the equivalent particulate pollution of five old diesel busses.
The European Environment Agency in Copenhagen has announced this month that filthy air has killed half a million people in Europe in 2014. Air pollution is the single largest environmental risk in Europe. Particulate matter has estimated to have killed 428,000 people prematurely and the main source was domestic wood burning.
“It’s time that Trafford Council took air pollution seriously,” added Mr Kilvert. “They are delaying action until well after their own retirement time from the Council. They are allowing the Peel Biomass Incinerator to operate and pollute us for the next 30 years. The Council must not grant planning permission to uncontrolled, dirty processes such as power generation, incineration, factory processes and coal bed methane fracking as well as domestic wood burning devices.”