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Themes Index:

Pollution and Waste

I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

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Work Archive:
'Themes' Index

Articles

Handouts

Infographics

Media Coverage

Podcasts

Presentations

Ramblinactivist

Reports/Research

Themes

Activism

Climate

Cyberwarfare

Ecological Limits

Energy

FLOSSH

'Fracking'

Hacktivism

Nuclear

'Outdoors'

Peace

Permaneering

Planning

Pollution/Waste

Simplicity/Less

Quakerism

Video and Audio

The 'Pollution and Waste' theme covers my work related to environmental pollution, contaminated land and industrial processes.

During the 1990s I visited some of Britain's most blighted urban landscapes, assisting communities who had tired of being taken advantage of by polluting industries. It's an unfortunate fact that much of the nations waste is dealt with in the poorest areas of the country, and the more depressed an area, often the more impactful are those operations.

While environmental laws have created clear benefits, in certain areas the power of the industries involved, due to the profits which can be made, will always challenge the implementation of those laws in the public interest. Waste management and contaminated land is clearly one of those problem areas.

Over the years I have investigated scrap metal sites, contaminated industrial sites, unlawful and licensed waste tips and incinerators. I've also taken part in strategic planning processes in order to try and improve those systems.

These days I do far less of this work – primarily because my push to tackle the 'next' big issue means that I try and avoid being distracted by the well-rehearsed problems of the past.

I make these reports available so that others might carry on that work.


The 'Pollution and Waste' Theme

inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – The gaping hole in the middle of the Circular Economy'

17/04/2018

Listening to Radio 4 this morning I heard the two juxtaposed keywords that I've learned to dread over the last couple of the years; 'circular economy'. It's a great idea, and I can't fault the true belief of those promoting it. My problem is that the way they describe it has little to do with the physical realities of the world, and hence it's really just a 'get out of hell free' card for affluent consumers.

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inc image Ecolonomics no.17: The 'Fracking' Election – Why the 2017 UK General Election is a ground-breaking test of British environmental policy

02/06/2017

I have been researching the issue of unconventional gas and oil in the UK since 2009 – shortly after the Government's 13th On-shore Licensing Round awarded many of the petroleum exploration and production licences (PEDLs) which are being drilled around Britain right now. Over that time the Government has steadily 'lost control' of the issue by a combination of public resistance, industry failure in the US and elsewhere, and changing economics. Today though, the response to the inherent problems of the Government's oil and gas policy represents not only an unprecedented twist in this long saga, but also an unprecedented break in UK environmental and town planning policy. What the Conservatives propose in their election manifesto is to make the development of on-shore oil and gas, below the criteria of what constitutes a 'major' operation in The Infrastructure Act 2015, "permitted development". It's important to unpack this seemingly subtle change to understand its true impact – and why it is so significant.

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file icon UK PEDLs/contituencies map
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file icon South West PEDLs/contituencies map
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inc image Whitehall's 'Fracking' Science Failure: How the Government has misled Parliament and the public on the climate change impacts of shale oil and gas development in Britain – A report for Talk Fracking

24/05/2017

This report seeks to explain how the debate over the gaseous emissions from 'fracking', and their impacts on climate change, has changed over the last few years – and precisely why that debate is critical to how the Whitehall Government has justified, and promoted, onshore oil and gas extraction in Britain.

file icon Original Paul Mobbs/MEI research report
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file icon Talk Fracking's published version
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file icon A3 poster summarising the report
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inc image Ramblinactivist 3/17: 'Hummus and mindfulness – Skills, resilience and relaxation beyond consumerism'

18/05/2017

We all have to consume; it's a necessary reality of existence. However, in the 'Consumer Society' the most radical thing you can do is not to consume 'as directed' – by finding alternative options that meets your needs while enacting a set of principles in opposition to that overbearing and exploitative economic paradigm. This principle was self-evident during one of Britain's darkest consumer crises of late... 'the hummus shortage'.

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watch the video on the 'ramblinactivist' Youtube channel

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Mobile Phones, WiFi and Cancer – Will Trump's budget cuts zap ground-breaking 'electrosmog' research?'

14/03/2017

Amidst concern over President Trump's emasculation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and cuts to the USA's climate research, other ground-breaking areas of environmental research are being ignored. For well-over a decade, at a cost of $25 million, a US National Toxicology Program study has been assessing the links between the use of mobile phones and rare, though increasing forms of cancer. Unfortunately, before the results of this study are published, it may be 'lost' in the coming cuts.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 2/17: "The Ignored Pollutant" – Noise, Health and Ecopsychology

03/03/2017

A few days ago I went for a walk, well before the dawn, in order to listen to the 'dawn chorus'. It's something I like to do a few times a year, especially in the early Spring when the birdsong is at its loudest. I've been doing these walks since before my teens. Over that period there's been one inescapable change in the countryside around my home town of Banbury – noise.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Why contaminated land continues to haunt UK government policy – and poison an unwitting public'

05/09/2016

In the early hours of 8th February 2014 near Chertsey, Surrey, during the floods in the Thames valley, seven year-old Zane Gbangbola was overcome by gas in his bed and died. His father was paralysed as a result of his exposure. This week, almost two and a half years after the event, the Surrey Coroner will finally deliver a verdict on the case.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: ''Death by landfill', part 2 – did the Government cover-up information on toxins liberated by floodwater?'

14/12/2015

Almost a year ago I wrote an article for The Ecologist entitled "death by landfill". The article focussed the case of 7 year old Zane Gbangbola, who was killed in his bed during the floods of February 2014. Not by water, but by poison gas. Given the lack of information at that time, the article focussed on how John Major's Conservative government of the early 1990s reneged on a promise to introduce strict laws on contaminated land. These would have required historic land contamination to be tracked down and, where appropriate, made safe. Had they been enacted they may have prevented Zane's death twenty years later.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'The hell-fires of UCG threaten Tyneside and the North Sea… and we're paying for it!'

03/04/2015

The dumping of colliery waste and power station fly ash, from Lynemouth in Northumberland all the way down to Seaham in County Durham, once despoiled the Tyne and Wear coastline and damaged the ecology of the North Sea. Now another mining technology, underground coal gasification (UCG), threatens new dangers to human health and the environment – with the full backing of the Government.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Medact's new report – ban fracking for five years'

30/03/2015

Medact, the UK-based public health group concerned with the social and ecological determinants of health, have published their long-awaited report on the impacts of fracking upon public health.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: ''Death by Landfill' – how weak politicians and brow-beaten regulators endanger present and future generations'

21/12/2014

I've been a professional 'environmental investigator' for over 22 years now. Over that time I've seen some awful offences against the environment; I've also witnessed some inspiring action from the individuals and communities affected. After seeing so many outrageous cases it's easy to become desensitised to the more everyday environmental offences – even if they are, of themselves, dire to those involved. Every now and again though you come across something that jerks you back to stark reality; something that touches a raw nerve.

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inc image The Environmental Risks of 'Fracking' – A submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry

December 2014

A submission to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into the environmental impacts of 'fracking'

file icon The Environmental Risks of 'Fracking'
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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Exposing the British Government's "dodgy dossier" on the climate impacts of fracking'

30/05/2014

As Charlie Chaplin said, "Wars, conflict, it's all business... Numbers sanctify." That was certainly the case with the UK Government's approach to shale gas. They hoped that they could whitewash the climate effects of fracking with some fancy formulas. Instead what they produced was another "dodgy dossier" – a straightforward denial of the uncertainties and the likely effects of what unconventional gas will do to the climate.

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inc image Expert had concern over fracking future

15/05/2014

Banbury Guardian, 15th May 2014. "A Banbury environmental expert has called for a draft report into fracking by Public Health England (PHE) to be immediately withdrawn."

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inc image Ecolonomics no.15: Extreme energy and public health – How the Government engineered the denial of the health impacts of unconventional oil & gas

07/05/2014

I've spent the last few weeks writing a "complaint". The subject of that complaint was Public Health England's (PHE) recent report, Review of the Potential Public Health Impacts of Exposures to Chemical and Radioactive Pollutants as a Result of Shale Gas Extraction – draft for comment. As the title suggests, this was a report produced by PHE to identify the public health implications of shale gas.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: '"2 + 2 = 0" – How Public Health England whitewashed the potential health effects of shale gas on public health'

06/05/2014

Last October, Public Health England (PHE) released their "draft" report on the health impacts of shale gas[1]. They looked at all the evidence on the likely effects of shale gas extraction on public health – evidence of hazardous environmental impacts[2], gender-bending chemicals disrupting our metabolism[3], and of toxic and radioactive contamination of the air, soil and water[4] – and concluded that – "Public Health England anticipates a low risk to public health from direct releases of chemicals and radioactive material if shale gas extraction is properly operated and regulated."

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inc image Extreme Energy and Climate: A critical review of the UK Government's policy on unconventional fossil fuels and climate change

May 2014

This report provides a critical analysis of the evidence supporting Government's recent policy announcements on the issue of 'extreme energy' sources (tight oil and gas, shale gas, coalbed methane and underground coal gasification) in the UK – and the implications that the development of these energy sources may have on climate change. In addition the spreadsheet used to analyse the Mackay-Stone results is available as a native LibreOffice (ODS) file and an exported MS Excel file (XSLX).

file icon Extreme Energy and Climate report
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file icon Mackay-Stone review analysis (LibreOffice Calc file)
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file icon Mackay-Stone review analysis (MS Excel XML file)
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inc image Ecolonomics no.14: 'Fracking' our food and farming system: "Extreme agriculture" and the politics of denial

18/04/2014

As we approach the ecological limits to growth, and the measures to maintain "business as usual" become even more extreme, so these technofixes have as much to do with the denying those limits as they are intended to provide more food. The problem with the debate over fracking is that it has become highly insular. It focusses on drilling, or pollution; and fails to make the wider connection to the issues of lifestyle and resources which – arguably – represent the deeper motivation behind the political support for extreme energy sources. The same is true of the current debate over farming. We argue about one form of agriculture versus another, or one type of consumer product or another; without reference to the wider patterns of lifestyle which predetermine the form of that discussion. In contrasting fracking and food, I hope to highlight – through the commonality in underlying causal factors – the wider analysis which we need to being to the ecological debate.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'The ignored story of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 – Our seas are awash with human trash and it's killing the oceanic ecosystem'

03/04/2014

Over recent weeks the news has been dominated by the story of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The plane, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, lost contact with ground radar on the 8th March – and no trace of it has been found since. A few days later, I was asked to write an article on how a plane could simply "disappear". As the article outlined, it's not that difficult to lose a plane at sea. However, in the few weeks since my attention has been drawn to a far more significant aspect of the story; one which has not been headline news.

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inc image A critical review of Public Health England's report – "Review of the Potential Public Health Impacts of Exposures to Chemical and Radioactive Pollutants as a Result of Shale Gas Extraction – draft for comment"

April 2014

This report provides a critical analysis of the report produced by Public Health England (PHE) on 31st October 2013 – "Review of the Potential Public Health Impacts of Exposures to Chemical and Radioactive Pollutants as a Result of Shale Gas Extraction – draft for comment".

file icon A critical review of Public Health England's report
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inc image A response to DECC's public consultation on the 14th On-shore Oil and Gas Licensing Round's Strategic Environmental Appraisal

March 2014

This report provides a comprehensive review of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Strategic Environmental Appraisal (SEA) of the 14th On-shore Oil and Gas Licensing Round. It has been produced as part of the public consultation on the SEA, and is intended to provide a technical evaluation of the SEA in the light of the latest global evidence on the impacts of unconventional gas developments. The report has been produced in support of various individuals and small groups around Britain who are concerned by the Government's push to develop various types of extreme energy developments. The specific purpose behind the drafting of this report has been to highlight the areas where the Government's viewpoint/data departs from the growing body of evidence regarding the impacts of unconventional gas technologies.

file icon A response to DECC's 14th Round SEA
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inc image Shale Gas: An Analysis of UK Policy and Cuadrilla Resources Exploration Activities in Lancashire

January 2012

In July I attended the trial of protesters who occupied Cuadrilla Resources drilling rig at Banks near Preston to give evidence on shale gas development in Lancashire. Due to delays with the case coming to court, whilst I wrote this report in January 2012 I couldn't release the text until after the conclusion of the trial. The report looks at shale gas/fracking developments in Lancashire, and the regulatory problems that surround the activities of Cuadrilla and other companies in England and Wales (Scotland takes a slightly different regulatory view of these processes).

file icon Shale Gas in Lancashire report
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inc image Free Range Sheet E7: Resources and Waste – Addressing Consumption and Waste

October 2008

Waste and recycling is an energy issue; It takes energy to create the resources we routinely buy and dispose of every day. If we handle waste badly it's not just a source of pollution and nuisance, it's a waste of energy and resources. We have to mange waste according its value as a resource, and a sink of energy that must be avoided, not merely as a "problem" that we have to get rid of.

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inc image Calor Gas Appeal, Canvey Island

September 2007

I represented the local community group in Canvey Island, People Against Methane (PAM), against the proposals by Calor Gas to build a new liquefied gas import terminal right next to the town. In the end Calor withdrew from the appeal before it began, and so the proof was never used

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inc image Free Range Bulletin 04/1: Use Your Loaf! – The Problems With Industrial Bread

September 2004

In October 2004, the Baker's Federation in the UK will be holding its third British Bread Month. However, rather than celebrating the excellent bread produced by British craft bakers, it is in reality a large promotional exercise for industrial bread – a mass produced product that is reliant on various biochemical processes developed over the last forty years rather than on the skills of bakers developed over the last few centuries. So what, in reality, is industrial bread?

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inc image Free Range Bulletin 03/4: 'What does not kill them makes them stronger' – The Hazards of Anti-Bacterial Agents

December 2003

'Clean is good'. The rule that dominates our technological society. But is it really true? Are some of the products we use to make our homes clean making us sick instead? In particular, is the sale of 'anti-bacterial' agents – in cleaning solutions and even toothpaste – a positive hazard to our health? Does Triclosan clean us, or does it damage our health?

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inc image Free Range Bulletin 03/3: Toxic shock! – my non-stick frying pan killed my budgie!!

November 2003

This is no joke. It's deadly serious – to budgies at least, and perhaps in the longer term humans too. There are a group of chemicals, per-fluoro-chemicals (PFCs), that are found in many products, and increasingly in human tissues. In the USA, where Teflon® is used in many products, a syndrome called teflon flu has been reported after people have been exposed to over-heated pots and pans. This is fatal to small birds. In the longer term, the build-up of these indestructible chemicals could damage our health too. Perhaps, like in the mines before safety lamps, the canary falling off its perch is a warning to us all.

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inc image Free Range Practice Guide No.1: Beyond the Throw-away Battery

October 2003

Save money using rechargeable batteries and using main power supplies for portable equipment – and in the process save waste an pollution.

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inc image The Byker RDF Plant and the Contamination of Land in Newcastle upon Tyne with Incinerator Ash (report draft)

November 2000

This report was never properly finished, and still remains as a draft. However, it provides a detailed account of an investigation into how Newcastle City Council's incinerator plant was run, and how contaminated ash was used on allotments and parks in Newcastle.

file icon Draft report
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inc image Abernant Farm Landfill Application

October 1999

A response, on behalf of Dinefwr Friends of the Earth, to a planning application for a landfill site, near Abernant in Carmarthenshire, that sought to regularise the unlawful activities on the site.

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inc image Harwell Laboratory: Southern England's New Radioactive Waste Repository?

February 1999

An analysis of the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory, and the significance of the information it provides in relation to radioactive waste storage at Harwell in south Oxfordshire.

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inc image 'Best Value' and Waste Management in Local Authorities: An Independent View

November 1998

A paper for a seminar I gave to the Institute of Waste Management's conference on 'best value'.

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inc image A Critical Evaluation of the Essex Waste Local Plan

November 1998

An evaluation of the proposals contained in the draft Essex Waste Local Plan "ghost-written" for another consultancy group working on the plan.

file icon Essex WLP report
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inc image Appraisal of Biffa's Application to Change Waste Types at Stewponey Landfill Site, Stourton

September 1998

On behalf of the local community group FLAGS, I undertook a series of reports on the proposals by Biffa to switch from inert to toxic wastes at their landfill site near Stourton west of Birmingham – which sits on one of the most important groundwater resources in the area.

file icon Stewponey Landfill report
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inc image Round O Quarry Landfill Public Inquiry

July 1998

On behalf of ARROW in Skelmersdale, I undertook a large amount of work in relation to a public inquiry into the proposals to allow landfilling in Round O Quarry. Below are the two main proofs produced for the inquiry, and a briefing produced for members of the public who wished to take part in the inquiry process.

file icon Proof of evidence
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file icon Round 'O' briefing sheet
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inc image Response to Nuffield Council on Bioethics Consultation, "Genetically Modified Crops: The Social and Ethical Issues"

July 1998

A response, written for the Free Range Network, to a consultation on the social and ethical issues raised by the growing of genetically modified crops.

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inc image Final Draft PPG10: Response to Consultation

March 1998

A report, for the Free Range Network, on the Department of the Environment and the Regions consultation on new waste planning guidance [which DEFRA had previously tried to squeeze through a very limited consultation before the Free Range Network found out about it and made it very public! – hence the work 'final draft' in the title].

file icon Final Draft PPG10 report
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inc image Response to the Colne Valley Local Environment Agency Plan (LEAP)

January 1998

A response to the Local Environment Agency Plan produced for Friends of the Earth local groups in Hertfordshire/West London.

file icon Response to the Colne Valley LEAP
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inc image Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan Public Inquiry

1998

Lancashire... dustbin of the North West! I undertook a large amount of work on waste in Lancashire for the ARROW group in Skelmersdale from 1996 to 1999 – in order to defeat proposals for a large landfill site on the edge of Skelmersdale in Round O Quarry. Below are some of the more interesting proofs of evidence produced for the public inquiry into the waste and minerals plan.

file icon Proof of evidence 1
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file icon Landfill need proof
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inc image Research Briefing: Five Myths About Waste Incineration

November 1997

Produced for groups in Hertfordshire (and Essex) opposing waste incinerator proposals, this now rather dated handout lists the popular myths that local authorities use to justfy building incinerators. Even though it's out of date people keep asking me for it because it's a good summary – but as the new Planning Bill will probably unleash a new round of incinerator proposals I'll probably have to update and re-issue it at some point.

file icon Five Myths About Waste Incineration
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inc image Radioactive Substances in South East England

October 1997

Many people consider that much of Britain's problems with nuclear materials are restricted to Cumbria, or at a very few nuclear power stations across the country – they are not. Every day radioactive materials are carried on our roads, and although much of what is carried is of minimal risk, some cargos, such as nuclear warheads, present a major risk to the public. In southern England there are a number of sites which release radioactivity into the environment. There are also sites which store 'low' and 'intermediate' level radioactive waste, and sites which contribute to the transport of radioactive material by rail or road as part of their everyday operation.

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Radioactive Substances in South East England
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inc image Cilyrychen Quarry: IDO Stage II Registration – Analysis of Tarmac's Application and Technical Statements

June 1997

A report produced for Dinefwr Green Group/Friends of the Earth and the Campaign for the Protection of the Gwenlais Valley providing an analysis of Tarmac's "interim development order" (IDO) review application for Cilyrychewn Quarry in West Wales.

file icon Cilyrychen Quarry IDO report
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inc image Appraisal and response to the applications for consent to discharge trade effluent from the Newbury Bypass

October 1996

A report for Friends of the Earth and the Third Battle of Newbury on the impacts of discharging water from the Newbury Bypass site into local watercourses. At the time the Environment Agency were just letting the works proceed, and this and similar reports, complementing the action by protestors on the ground at the time, were just a few pin-pricks to annoy the regulatory bodies into doing their job properly.

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inc image Waste disposal on Allsopps Hill Quarry, Rowley Regis, Warley, West Midlands

June 1996

A report on the out-of-control operations on a former landfill site in Rowley Regis. A developer had gotten control of the restored landfill site and started to top builder's waste on it to construct a 'golf course' – even through that had tipped so much waste that it was now a mound rather than flat, and the landfill gas collection system of the former landfill was crushed and gas was moving off-site again! Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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inc image An Analysis of the Aller Barton and Uffculme landfill proposals, and waste management policy in Devon county

May 1996

An analysis of waste proposals in Devon for Devon Friends of the Earth Network, which opened a larger can of worms. Although the planning application's themselves were fairly questionable, whilst digging through Devon County Council's waste disposal files I found the County had an £18 million liability for previous landfill operations which the waste officers hadn't explicitly told the councillors about! Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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inc image Analysis and Response to the Environmental Statement for the AWE Aldermaston Waste Transfer Station

May 1996

In 1995/6 I did some work for anti-nuclear and peace groups in Berkshire relating to a proposal from AWE Aldermaston (where Britain makes it's nuclear weapons) to construct a radioactive waste transfer station. This was the report on the environmental statement that was eventually submitted by AWE for construction of the transfer station. Please note that these reports have been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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inc image The Sea Empress Spill: The Potential for Human Health Effects

March 1996

A report for Friends of the Earth Cymru on the health hazards of the Sea Empress oil spill. At the time most of the concern was for the physical/amenity impact of the oil spill and not the toxic impacts. This report alerted many of those who were recovering oiled birds at the time without any protective equipment, as well as those living near the coast, as to why they were suffering conditions such as breathing difficulties and skin rashes. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon The Sea Empress Spill
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inc image Fenny Compton Landfill – Analysis of application and submitted documentation

March 1996

A report on the application to Warwickshire County Council for Britain's first dedicated incinerator ash 'monofill' (they only intended to put incinerator ash in it, which is a very large toxic legacy!). The site was only 10 miles from where I lived, and after this and other reports the company withdrew the application before it was determined by the council. It was critical to stop this site because without easy ash disposal it's far harder/more expensive to set-up incinerators in the UK. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Fenny Compton Landfill report
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inc image Response to the application for a permanent shooting school near Curridge

January 1996

A report on a proposed shooting school near the village of Curridge (one of a crop of such shooting schools I dealt with around that time) and the noise and highways impacts it would generate. The difficulty was getting the local council to accept that noise was a valid planning matter since usually it's an issue of 'nuisance' – dealt with by the environmental health department, not planners. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Curridge shooting school report
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inc image Response to Safeguard International's Environmental Statement on the Culham Radioactive Waste Transfer Station

November 1995

A report on the proposals to turn an old garage into a transfer station for hazardous radioactive wastes. It was rather a farce of a planning application, having been first unlawfully approved and then withdrawn by the local council, before being taken over and badly handled by the County Council.

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inc image Assessment of the planning application for a waste transfer station, AWE Aldermaston

April 1995

In 1995/6 I did some work for anti-nuclear and peace groups in Berkshire relating to a proposal from AWE Aldermaston (where Britain makes it's nuclear weapons) to construct a radioactive waste transfer station. Originally Berkshire County Council were just going to wave the proposals for AWE's radioactive waste transfer station through – this report outlines the authority's responsibility to demand an environmental statement for the development even though it did not require planning permission. Please note that these reports have been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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inc image A Review of Waste Disposal and quarrying at Turner's Hill, Oldbury, West Midlands

October 1994

A report for a dedicated local campaigner, Fred Hadley (who unfortunately has since died). This was my study of the landfill site just up the hill from his house, and which was being run chaotically even though it took quite noxious hazardous wastes from the West Midlands chemical industry. It was doing work with Fred that showed me the stark difference between what the law says and what compromised local officials do – and ultimately this difference is the ecological disaster that we describe as "The Black Country" Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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105 kilobytes



inc image Contaminated Land in South Ribble

July 1994

A report for Friends of the Earth on the extent of contaminated land in the former (now re-organised out of existance) South Ribble District Council area of Lancashire. The purpose of the report, given the debate raging about contaminated land registers at the time, was to take a former industrial area and see what scale of contaminated land register could be produced.

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inc image Sustainable Waste Management – Possibility or Pipe-dream?

17/02/1994

An article on the meaning of the word 'sustainable' as applied to the term "sustainable waste management" – written for The Recycling Council's annual seminar in Birmingham, 17th February, 1994 (and published in the proceedings of the conference, Why Recycle?, A.K.M. Rainbow [editor], A.A. Balkema publishing, 1994). Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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95.6 kilobytes



inc image An Assessment of General Environmental Options (GEO) Ltd's Environmental Statement on the Proposed Hespin Wood Incinerator

September 1993

An application for an incinerator just north of Carlisle, on the edge of the River Eden/Solway Firth (and one of my first incinerator jobs). Eventually the application was refused because of the environmental impact upon the sensitive wildlife sites in the area, and because of the traffic and visual impact on the area. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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270.8 kilobytes

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127.4 kilobytes



inc image Frontier Plastics' Gamma Irradiator, Pontllanfraith

1993

An early and rather strange job in my early professional career – a plastics factory in Gwent wanted to put the largest lump of cobalt-60 in the UK (outside of Sellafield's waste materials stores) in a valley in Wales where there was serious mining subsidence. In the end I recommended it was approved with the condition that the mineworkings were first pressure grouted to prevent collapse – so it didn't go ahead as the company couldn't afford the multi-million pound cost of the works. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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118 kilobytes

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83.1 kilobytes

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inc image Atom Riddle: Harwell Accused Over 'Secret' Dump

13/02/1992

Article published in the Oxford Star, 13th February 1992 – "Environmental campaigners have accused Harwell of secretly dumping waste in an Oxfordshire gravel pit."

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inc image Contaminated Land: What's The Problem? – The implications of contaminated land issues for the small property buyer

1992

An information-cum-advertising report on the hazards of contaminated land – a lot of my early commercial work related to contaminated land/toxic pollution issues. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics

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inc image Inner Solway Radiation Survey

December 1991

In 1991/2 I did some work for the Chapelcross Watchdog and Action Group on the contamination from the Magnox power station and the proposals for a new nuclear power station. In order to get a better idea of the problems at Chapelcross one of my first actions was to carry out a baseline survey of the radioactive contamination around the area in order to set some priorities for further research and action. Please note that this reports has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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77.8 kilobytes



inc image Comments upon the Coca-Cola Schweppes Beverages Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment

June 1990

A report from the days when I worked for free – an assessment for Banbury Friends of the Earth of the proposed Coca-Cola factory that was proposed for a new industrial estate on the edge of the town. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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146 kilobytes



inc image AEA Harwell – Nuclear and Environmental Hazards

April 1990

Written for Southern Campaign to Resist the Atomic Menance (SCRAM), an article on the hazards of the Harwell Laboratory site in Oxfordshire

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