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Vall de Ges Anti-incinerator Association

Catalan association fighting plans for a 90,000 metric tonne incinerator for burning industrial waste. The incinerator would be sited in a heavily-populated valley subject to frequent temperature inversions.
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Calle Castillejos, 255, 5º 3ª
Contact Person: Andrew Spence
Phone: 34 932 458 849
Fax: 34 932 327 941
E-Mail: andrewspence@gmail.com
Website: http://www.valldelges.net/en

Detailed Information:
The Association was established in April 2001 to fight plans by an industrial consortium to build a large industrial waste incinerator at Sant Pere de Torelló (Catalonia, Spain). The planned incinerator would be sited at the head of a valley that is subject to frequent temperature inversions (roughly 100 days a year). The dioxins and furanes (together with other pollutants) produced by the plant would thus be blanketed in and affect the entire population of Osona County, Catalonia (pop. 130,000).

The scheme is plagued with procedural and planning irregularities. An existing plant processing just one tenth of the planned volume of assorted refuse already produces four times the legal permitted level of pollutants. Catalonia is governed by a coalition in which the ICV party was given the Ministry of the Environment to run. Despite the ICV's supposedly "green" credentials, the Ministry is heavily backing the scheme for reasons best known to itself. To date, it has systematically refused to release vital details of the scheme to our association, which currently has some 5,500 members. Dioxin contamination from the plant could affect human health through two routes - direct air pollution, and through the food chain. Millions of pigs from Northern Europe are fattened up in Osona county every year. Dioxins tend to accumulate in the fat of both livestock and humans.

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