Local doctors sign up against incinerator
11th February 2011 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
THESE are the doctors who have signed-up to oppose the building of a waste incinerator at Lynn.
Doctors who signed the petition were: Dr P Devulaealli, Dr M Funnell, Dr R Gawens, Dr E Kumar, Dr N Patel, Dr G Allen, Dr B Unni, Dr J Russell, Dr J Gibson, Dr N Gibson, Dr S Summers, Dr A Moussakou, Dr S Durairaj, Dr A Burgess, Dr E Nicholls, Dr L Deol, Dr K De, Dr P Tasker, Dr M Nowers, Dr R Brian, Dr M Daley, Dr A Reeve-Alexander.
Their signatures were gathered in just a few days and more local doctors are being invited to add their names to the list.
They agreed to have their names displayed in a graphic, produced by campaigners themselves and sent to the Lynn News this week.
The doctors say in their statement: “We are concerned about the health effects of the waste incinerator that Norfolk County Council plans to build in King’s Lynn.
“Medical evidence for the harmful effects of very fine particles, gases and toxic materials from incineration is growing. There are only a few of this type of incinerator in the UK and they have not been running long enough for all their effects to be understood.
“We do not think that the local population should be exposed to the substances that would be produced by this incinerator over the course of the 25-year contract.”
The intervention by the hospital doctors and GPs is a devastating body blow against the incinerator plan.
It is hard to see how the county council can continue to press ahead after respected health professionals have voiced such serious concerns for their patients both now and in the future.
The action from the doctors follows a letter signed by eight scientists and engineers, including David Press, from St Germans, a retired Dow industrial chemist, taking the county council to task on a range of scientific fronts.
The letter takes issue with many aspects of the county’s case