Health warning over Hatfield incinerator bid

CANCER, diabetes, asthma, crime and infant mortality – all of these WILL increase if an incinerator is built in Hatfield.

This was the chilling message delivered by air pollution expert Dr Dick Van Steenis, at a public meeting in the town on Monday.

Around 100 concerned residents gathered at St John’s Youth and Community Centre in Bishops Rise, Hatfield, to hear him denounce the county council’s plans for a 270,000 tonne waste burner at New Barnfield.

Dr Van Steenis said that “unsafe” particles spewed out by an incinerator at this site would be distributed over an area up to 15 miles downwind.

He also bemoaned a perceived lack of regulation of such facilities in the UK.

For more on this story, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times out tomorrow (Wednesday).