Bowes and Bounds Connected

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We have had a lot of discussion recently about traffic and car movements around and through our area. In the main these have concentrated on delays, inconvenience and safety issues. However as the weather starts to warm up another issue - that of air quality and pollution - becomes significant.

And the issue of air quality is becoming a significant factor in the discussions around the Pinkham Way Waste Development with the news in todays Evening Standard that sugget the North London Waste Authority  has published documents suggesting: "There may in some instances be difficult decisions to be made trading off CO2 benefits against job creation/economic benefits." It adds: "The authority therefore recommends that waste facilities should be exempt from any such policy."  A request to change environmental policy is tacit admission that the site will be producing emissions that will negatively affect air quality

For several years the London Air Quality Network has been monitoring data across the capital to determine the level and location of airborne pollution. One of their monitoring stations is located within the perimeter wall of Bowes School on the North Circular Road. (see picture , right). The unit is continuously producing high-resolution measurements for pollutants such as ozone, oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and PM10 particulates. The data from this unit is automatically collected and transmitted via a publicly accessible website; you can see the latest full report on the LAQN website

It is very unlikely that a deterioration in air quality in London will cause any serious health effect; however mild eye irritation or coughing may occur in people who are particularly  susceptible including those who are living with heart and lung disease, including asthma and bronchitis, especially young children and the elderly.

However the decisions that we take about the way we use energy can have a direct impact on air pollution.   There are some simple measures we could each take which would, when aggregated together, reduce air pollution. The London Air Quality website includes some suggestions.

 

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Richard,
You may want to consider the following from the Evening Standard as it seems the NLWA now want the Council to relax its already failing rules on air quality. Something not mentioned in NLWA previous submissions or the recent consultations. Even more worrying is the comment from Haringey that its 'Policy Review is being worked' on especially as Haringey's Air Quality document was only approved in February and was not due for review until 2018.
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23939317-waste-agenc...
Waste agency: Relax the rules for giant plant

A rubbish processing authority was today accused of putting pressure on a council to relax its air quality rules to clear the way for Britain's biggest waste plant. The North London Waste Authority plans to build the facility near Muswell Hill and Bounds Green and has told Haringey council 60 jobs would be created.

The site, near the North Circular, already has some of London's worst carbon dioxide levels and exceeds nitrogen dioxide pollution limits. In documents, the authority states: "There may in some instances be difficult decisions to be made trading off CO2 benefits against job creation/economic benefits." It adds: "The authority therefore recommends that waste facilities should be exempt from any such policy."
A waste authority spokeswoman said it "has not unfairly tried to influence the London Borough of Haringey's environmental policy."
The council said its policy review was still being worked on.
If anyone is in any doubt of the air quality issues associated with even brand new waste recycling plants should look at this article. This plant had to be shut down not once but twice by the Environment Agency due to the level of dioxins being released into the air. So much for air quality assurances.

http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/waste-management/energo...

Hi Mary-Louise

 

I've been working at the Council to get better information on air quality, have a look at the following link, which has Enfield's weekly report, including Bowes station.

http://www.enfield.gov.uk/downloads/413/pollution_control-air_quality

For more up to date info, have a look at London Air Quality Network (LAQN) Website

 

Alan


mary-louise clews said:

Hi Richard

Thanks for starting a discussion on this. Its something I worry about with a young child living close to the North Circular (I live not far from the monitoring station).

The fact that children are exposed to the fumes from the road is obviously a concern, hence the data collection at the school.  I found the air quality  site independently a few weeks ago, but can't find how to read it - the terms and levels shown mean absolutely nothing to me - can anyone help - have I missed the east explanatory page on the network's site?

Thanks

Mary-Louise

Kevin, the idea here is that if Barnet/Haringey are going to go ahead, for the former to commission waste trucks running on electric batteries. It may be difficult given that the Lead for Environment there is Tory supremo Brian Coleman, a guy with a certain reputation. But it's worth lobbying. Alan

Kevin said:
If anyone is in any doubt of the air quality issues associated with even brand new waste recycling plants should look at this article. This plant had to be shut down not once but twice by the Environment Agency due to the level of dioxins being released into the air. So much for air quality assurances.

http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/waste-management/energo...

Hi again, which site are you looking at? The Environmental Scrutiny panel I chair at Enfield specifically looked at this and the Bowes Primary School station seems to be working - the bad news being that X days a year (mainly in summer when a heat inversion effect takes place), two kinds of pollutants exceed healthy thresholds. 

 

What to do at that juncture? The big picture is that Boris Johnson should have never delayed the transition to Low Emission Zone phase 3, which requires the white vans pumping smog into the air to comply with regulations. Not to mention the fact that there are just too many cars on the NCR, roadworks or not!

 


mary-louise clews said:

Hi Richard

Thanks for starting a discussion on this. Its something I worry about with a young child living close to the North Circular (I live not far from the monitoring station).

The fact that children are exposed to the fumes from the road is obviously a concern, hence the data collection at the school.  I found the air quality  site independently a few weeks ago, but can't find how to read it - the terms and levels shown mean absolutely nothing to me - can anyone help - have I missed the east explanatory page on the network's site?

Thanks

Mary-Louise

Mary-Louise

Whilst as a principle I am in favour of all data collected at public cost to be made available publicly - I agree there is an issue with non-specialist interested parties really being able to understand the complexity of this stuff.

I am not clear at all what constitutes a "healthy" air quality, however in this case I think there is a bit of a clue on this section of the LAQNsite which shows performance measured against Government Air Quality Strategy objectives. As I read it our local air quality - in 2011 to date is within the criteria on three of the four measures,  but currently exceeds nitrogen dioxide pollution limits - an explanation of the effects of this substance on health is also on the Kings College Site.

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