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Second disturbance in less than a week

By Natasha Swift 30th August 2017

Second disturbance in less than a week
The incinerator

RESIDENTS in St Dennis have said it is not good enough after noises like a “steam train” were heard coming from the incinerator for the second time in less than a week.

Residents were woke up once again overnight on August 20 and August 21 when bosses of the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) were in the process of restarting the facility following the temporary shutdown of the incinerator.

On Wednesday, August 16, a temporary interruption to the normal operation of the turbine at the CERC meant villages were disturbed by the sound of clanging, which could be heard more than a mile away and the incinerator was shut down.

Last week during the start up, a sky vent for steam remained open for longer than usually required and steam was vented through the roof during the night.

Resident Ken Rickard, who is chair of the Cornwall Waste Forum St Dennis Branch, which campaigned against the facility, said: “It is not good enough. There is no doubt that the recent noise caused by escape of steam from the incinerator has effected many local people’s quality of life - in this case their rest and sleep.

“This is repeat of past disturbances and is yet another major impact on peoples lives, it is just not good enough.  

“This recent disturbance was cause by a failure of the power generating turbine causing the plant to shut down for many days.  

“Complaints from the public directed to Cornwall Council and Suez were acknowledged with an explanation and the usual apologies.

“This is just one in a line of major adverse incidents that have occurred during the first thirteen months of the incinerator operating and follows the roof blowing off during 30mph winds.

“Prior to all this we had the swaying stacks incident and accidents that involved health and safety investigations.

“This situation questions whether Cornwall’s taxpayers have received value for their money or not?

“If one year of operation of the incinerator produces these failures and adversities what prospect is there for a trouble free future? If something is not right it is not right and I have always maintained that this polluting monstrosity is not right, both financially and environmentally.”

A spokesman from Suez said: “I would like to apologise for the disturbance experienced. During the night of August 20/21 we were in the process of restarting the facility following the temporary shutdown that occurred late last week after an interruption to the normal operation of the turbine, which is the part of the facility that generates energy.

“During this process, a sky vent for steam used in start-up remained open for longer than is usually required and steam was vented through the roof during the night.

“Later between 5am and 6am, the steam ejector was operated, which is used on occasion during start-up. These releases of steam and the associated noise are specific to the start-up process and not a part of normal operations, so will not be a regular occurrence.”

Cornwall councillor for St Dennis Fred Greenslade said: “At least they are addressing the situation but the disturbance is still in people’s minds.”

By Natasha Swift 30th August 2017

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