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Toxic emissions and human health

The former Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (now Office of Environment and Heritage) has criticised the proposed power station for emmitting too much dioxin. more Wood fired power generation produces highly toxic emissions, gaseous and particulate. The likelihood of dioxins is increased by the chipmill’s close proximity to the sea which will expose the plant feedstocks to salt contamination.
The dominant prevailing south westerly wind will bring those emissions directly to the town of Eden.

A report commissioned the government of British Columbia (Canada) last year. "Emissions from Wood-Fired Combustion Equipment"  http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/industrial/pulp_paper_lumber/pdf/emissions_report_08.pdf found that basic emissions which could be expected include:

Acetaldehyde   Alpha-pinene   Beta-pinene   Carbon monoxide (CO)   Formaldehyde  Methanol   Naphthalene   Toluene   Total phenols   Turpentine   2,3,7,8 Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) C/P  2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-furan C/  Hydrogen sulphide C/S  Nitrogen oxides (NOx)   Beryllium   Cadmium and compounds   Chromium (II) compounds, as Cr   Chromium (III) compounds, Cr   Chromium (metal)   Chromium (total)   Chromium, hexavalent metal and compounds   Cobalt as Co metal Dust and fume   Cobalt carbonyl as Co   Copper, Dusts and mists, as Cu3   Copper, Fume   Iron   Lead arsenate, as Pb3 (A2O4)   Lead chromate, as Cr   Lead compounds   Magnesium  Manganese   Molybdenum   Nickel and compounds   Particulate matter (PM)   Phosphorus   Selenium   Silver   Thallium   Zinc   Arsenic and inorganic arsenic compounds   Mercury   Hydrochloric acid   Sulphuric acid   Sulphur dioxide (SO2)

 

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