Unite Community Leeds & Wakefield support Aire Valley Against Incineration (AVAI) and the important campaigning you are doing to inform people of the facts, and dangers to health, and your future Legal Action to stop this Incinerator going ahead.
Particulates from incineration released into the air as pollutants, are linked to harmful impacts on Human health, including cancers, heart disease, lung disease and birth defects.
All airborne particulates rain down continuously onto all surfaces, including surface groundwater. Soluble chemicals dissolve in water and can percolate through the ground into subterranean water. Chemicals are held in suspension, which can pollute the water and enter the water system.
All raindrops form around a particle, pollutants in the atmosphere are particles, an example of this is the Acid Rain that has affected Scandinavia.
Air pollution is a major contributor to ill health in the UK. Shamefully, Leeds has one of the worst air quality thresholds and has repeatedly breached these thresholds, nationally.
WHO has warned that Air pollution in UK is ‘wreaking havoc on human health’.
Keep up your excellent work and we will be right behind any Legal Action you launch to stop this incinerator.