Emissions from a huge waste incinerator being built at Barry Docks are now being forecast on a website called “Plume Plotter” which claims to show “the current state of air pollution caused by emissions from planned (and existing) incinerators.”
The Plume Plotter shows to what extent the emissions would affect Penarth – in a South Westerly wind – and shows just how badly Penarth would be affected.
In 2010 the incinerator [ officially known as Biomass No 2 Gasification Facility Scheme] was originally refused planning permission by the (then Conservative) Vale of Glamorgan Council.
However the Welsh Labour Government upheld an appeal against the Conservative refusal – and allowed the scheme to go ahead – landing the Tory administration the Vale with an £80,000 bill for fighting the scheme.
In 2015 – when the Vale Council was in Labour Control – an AMENDED incinerator scheme for Barry Docks was given formal planning permission and again given the green light by the Welsh Labour Government.
Work on the incinerator got under way – despite the concerns of many local residents in Barry who opposed the Labour-advocated scheme and protests in the streets.
In May 2017 the Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council was thrown out of office
A few weeks later Cllr John Thomas Leader of the new Conservative Administration in the Vale Council expressed his concerns about the incinerator scheme
Meanwhile Neil Moore the former leader of the former Labour Vale Council has criticised what he describes as “scaremongering” about the incinerator and “lies” about how the contentious scheme came to get planning permission.
The new Conservative Vale Council was aware that the incinerator had not cleared all its legal hurdles and had not yet been issued with a licence to operate from Natural Resources Wales . The council has now urged National Resources Wales NOT to issue a licence.
The Conservative council has also slapped an enforcement notice on the incinerator following complaints from local residents about excessive noise
A full technical explanation of how Plume Plotter works – and its limitations – are on the organisation’s website plumeplotter.com – which aims to show how the pollution from incinerators around n the country affect the local air quality in their vicinities.